The British Regulatory State: High Modernism and Hyper-Innovation

Paperback | March 4, 2008

byMichael Moran

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For the first two thirds of the twentieth century, British government was among the most stable in the advanced industrial world. In the last three decades, the governing arrangements have been in turmoil and the country has been a pioneer in economic reform, and in public sector change. Inthis book, Michael Moran examines and explains the contrast between these two epochs. What turned Britain into a laboratory of political innovation? Britain became a formal democracy at the start of the twentieth century but the practice of government remained oligarchic. From the 1970s thisoligarchy collapsed under the pressure of economic crisis. The British regulatory state is being constructed in its place. Moran challenges the prevailing view that this new state is liberal or decentralizing. Instead he argues that it is a new, threatening kind of interventionist state which iscolonizing, dominating, and centralizing hitherto independent domains of civil society. The book is essential reading for all those interested in British political development and in the nature and impact of regulation.

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For the first two thirds of the twentieth century, British government was among the most stable in the advanced industrial world. In the last three decades, the governing arrangements have been in turmoil and the country has been a pioneer in economic reform, and in public sector change. Inthis book, Michael Moran examines and explains...

Michael Moran studied Politics, Economics and Mathematics for his first degree at the University of Lancaster, graduating in 1967. He did his graduate work in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, 1967-70, and was awarded his PhD from Essex in 1975. From 1970 to 1979 he lectured in the Department of Social Scienc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:March 4, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199219214

ISBN - 13:9780199219216

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Images of the Regulatory State2. Creating Club Regulation3. Transforming Self-Regulation4. Regulating Privatization5. Regulating Public Worlds6. From Stagnation to FiascoSources

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`Review from previous edition Moran has provided us with a sophisticated account of contemporary regulatory developments in Britain, drawing on historical, empirical and comparative material to build an elegantly argued thesis.'The Modern Law Review