|About the book|
Understanding Governance asks:
* What has changed in British government over the past two decades, how and why?
* Why do so many government policies fail?
* What does the shift from government to governance mean for the practice and study of British government?
This book provides a challenging reinterpretation which interweaves an account of recent institutional changes in central, local and European Union government with methodological innovations and theoretical analysis. It emphasizes: the inability of the 'Westminster model', with its accent on parliamentary sovereignty and strong executive leadership, to account for persistent policy failure; the 'hollowing out' of British government from above (the European Union), below (special purpose bodies) and sideways (to agencies); and the need to respond to the postmodern challenge, rethinking the methodological and theoretical assumptions in the study of British government. Professor Rhodes makes a significant and timely contribution to our understanding of government and governance.
|About the author|
R A W Rhodes is Professor of Politics (Research) at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Director of the Economic and Social Research Council's Whitehall Research Programme; and editor of Public Administration. The author or editor of fifteen books, his most recent publications include ( edited with Patrick Dunleavy), Prime Minister, Cabinet and Core Executive (Macmillan, 1995); and (edited with P. Weller and H. Bakvis),The Hollow Crown (Macmillan, 1996).
|Table of contents|
Part one: Introduction
Governing without government
order and change in British politics
Part two: Theory
Policy networks in British political science
The new governance
Part three: Methodology
The institutional approach
Part four: Applications
the hollowing out of the state
Now nobody understands the system
the changing face of local government
The European Union, cohesion policy and sub-national authorities in the United Kingdom
Part five: Developments
From institutions to dogma
tradition, eclecticism and ideology in the study of British public administration
Towards a postmodern Public Administration
epoch, epistemology or narrative