Governance and Public Policy in the United Kingdom

Governance and Public Policy in the United Kingdom


By (author) David Richards, By (author) Martin J. Smith


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 18mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199243921
  • ISBN 13: 9780199243921
  • Illustrations note: numerous tables and figures
  • Sales rank: 611,682

Product description

Forty years ago, central government was seen as the key actor in the making of public policy. Today, it is often portrayed as a parochial council, impotent in the face of uncontrollable global forces. This textbook examines the changes that have taken place in the way central government controls policy making. Taking the shift from government to governance as its theme, the book explores a series of key issues: the New Right reforms of the state; the impact of Europeanization, internationalization and globalization; and most recently, the process of devolution under the Blair Labour government. The book includes a series of policy making case studies throughout, drawing on the authors' own wide-ranging interviews with ministers, civil servants and interest groups, providing the reader with solid empirical material with which to illuminate the chapters.

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Table of contents

1. Introduction: Public Policy in a Changing World ; 2. Interpreting Governance ; 3. Interpreting the Modern State ; 4. From Modernity to Crisis ; 5. Internal challenges to the Modern State : The New Right ; 6. External challenges to the Modern State I: Globalization ; 7. External challenges to the Modern State II: Europeanization ; 8. Governance and Civil Society ; 9. Changing Relations between Ministers and Civil Servants ; 10. Governance and New Labour ; 11. Conclusion: Governance, Power and Public Policy