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This article explores a key element of New Labour's modernisation programme - that of participation in the public policy and decision making processes. Whilst this may appear to be a relatively straightforward concept, its translation into practice can be complex and confusing, which may in turn...
Public Private Partnerships / Private Finance Initiative (PPP/PFI), play a significant role in the renewal of the UK's public services. For some commentators, the policy has been associated with poor value for money for the public sector while the private sector is virtually guaranteed steady...
How do social health care policies fare within economically rational structures? This paper, based on a study of two Scottish maternity units, identifies and explains a number of gaps in social health care policy implementation and practice. One finding suggests that devolved budgets result in a...
The aim of this article is to determine the role of administrative science with regard to the governance concept. It is argued that governance in the way it is employed in current discussions is not restricted to an analytical function, but comprises certain normative connotations. This leads to...
This article examines the experience of the VCS within the context of the Liverpool Children's Fund. Its aim is to use a local case study to measure the reality of the Government's promises to the sector in a series of legislative and policy enactments in recent years. It argues that the gap...
In their heyday, Royal Commissions played an important part in the policy-making process. By today, Royal Commissions have declined almost to the point of extinction. Nevertheless, a range of other commissions, committees and inquiries are still established. They have different status and take...
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