Managing Policy Change in Britain : The Politics of Water
This analysis of the politics of water describes the historical development of the water industry through the 1980s privatization controversy in England and Wales and the contentious hybrid reorganization in Scotland, to current environmental and social concerns. Against a background of "Europeanized" policy-making, it shows how privatization and increasing EC influence have shifted water policy from the private management of public business, to the public management of private business. As water continues to inspire controversy and conflict over the salaries of its senior executives, this work examines the consequences of increased water charges and public concern over levels of water pollution in Britain.
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- Hardback | 256 pages
- 152.9 x 238.8 x 20.3mm | 444.53g
- 09 Jan 1996
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Back cover copy
In recent years, one sector of public policy vital to everyday life has seen major organisational policy changes: water supply. In Scotland, there was a contentious hybrid reorganisation; in England and Wales, the privatisation controversey, and the long process leading up to its stockmarket flotation and subsequent regulation. These are among the areas examined in this analysis of a vital utility. Against a background of increasingly Europeanised policy-making, the water sector has become much more open, more contentious, drawing a wider range of interests and ideas into the policy process than at any other time. Thus, this study illustrates that both privatisation and increasing EC influence have shifted water policy from the private management of public business to the public management of private business. It remains a sector inspiring controversy and conflict over the salaries of its senior executives, increased water charges, and public concern over levels of water pollution in Britain.
Table of contents
Managing a backwater: analyzing policy change; technical problems and political solutions. Turbulence - the dynamics of policy change: a gradualist revolution - policy change 1969-1989; policy discontinuity - privatization as a challenge; mobilizing consensus - selling privatization. Calming troubled waters?: regulation in the post-privatized water industry - complexity, conflict and consensus; organizational responses to the market place. The Europeanization of water: episodic policy-making - policy communities under pressure.