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.

Developments in British Public Policy

Developments in British Public Policy

Developments in british public policy


Many of the areas of public policy examined in this book can be divided, at least for analytic purposes, into two general periods, the first being from 1945 until 1979, and the second from 1979 onwards. Even if particular policies did not suddenly start de novo in 1945, or end suddenly in 1979 (for example, as we will note below, Thain has shown that Keynesianisn was increasingly being supplanted by monetarism during the 1970s, prior to being pursued with ideological conviction during the early 1980s), to be replaced by a new policy, these two dates do provide useful ‘shorthand’ for political scientists and policy analysts seeking to make sense of developments in British public policy since ...

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