What have been the defining characteristics, trends and changes of Britain’s post-war public policy? Developments in British Public Policy provides a comprehensive review of all the key public policy sectors in contemporary British Politics today. Each chapter is written by a leading authority on each policy sector, and includes definitions of key terms, examples and case studies, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading. It will be essential reading for all students of contemporary British public policy and will serve as an ideal companion to Policy-Making in Britain: An Introduction.




This book is intended to provide a companion text to Policy Making in Britain: An Introduction (Dorey, 2005), which examines the key characteristics of policy making in Britain, and discusses the roles played by the main policy actors in the British policy process. Although plenty of examples and empirical evidence were provided to illustrate and clarify key points and concepts, it was readily acknowledged that students of British public policy would benefit enormously from a separate text which examined distinct areas of public policy much more specifically and systematically.

This text therefore provides a series of ‘case studies’ of particular policy areas in Britain, from 1945 to the present day. The policies were selected both for their intrinsic importance, and because they clearly illustrated or ...

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