Governance and Public Policy in the United Kingdom

Paperback | May 1, 2002

byDavid Richards, Martin J. Smith

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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 governmentcontrols 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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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 governmentcontrols policy making. Taking the shift from ...

David Richards is a Lecturer in Politics, University of Liverpool. Martin Smith is a Professor of Politics, University of Sheffield.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.39 inPublished:May 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199243921

ISBN - 13:9780199243921

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Public Policy in a Changing World2. Interpreting Governance3. Interpreting the Modern State4. From Modernity to Crisis5. Internal challenges to the Modern State : The New Right6. External challenges to the Modern State I: Globalization7. External challenges to the Modern State II: Europeanization8. Governance and Civil Society9. Changing Relations between Ministers and Civil Servants10. Governance and New Labour11. Conclusion: Governance, Power and Public Policy