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From 1854 until the late 1960s the civil service developed greater uniformity and tighter central control. In the 1980s, that process was deliberately reversed, with the establishment of executive agencies and the delegation from the centre of many management responsibilities. The question of...
The National Health Service was a political settlement based on meso corporatism. That settlement was destabilised by economic competition in markets and political competition in democratic arenas. The reforms of recent years are an attempt to create a new authority structure capable of...
This paper examines the character and process of managerial reform in the British civil service since the Fulton Report of 1968. It considers two types of interpretation — 'grand strategy' and 'ad hoc'. These it links, for purely analytical purposes, to two epistemologies, macro-positivism and...
The fragmentation of the machinery of government is one of the effects of the impact of agencification and other new managerial techniques being implemented throughout the Western World. This paper seeks a definition of the agency model, and then applies it to the British context, before...
Information systems now run to the heart of the tools of government, with recent technological innovations opening up new possibilities for policy innovation. As government agencies work to narrow the gap between what is technically possible and what is realistically achievable, the history of...
This paper takes another look at the much-canvassed idea of a 'new global paradigm' emerging in contemporary public management. It argues that, linguistic usage apart, the 'globality' and monoparadigmatic character of contemporary public management change seems to be exaggerated. Three...
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