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.
After the Second World War, Britain had to make practical and psychological adjustments to accelerated relative decline, whilst contending also with the implications of deepening interdependence, and a rapid transition from wartime ‘victory’ to the cold peace of the bipolar era. The challenges therein for British foreign policy makers and the foreign policy-making system can scarcely be overstated. Commitments far outweighed capabilities. Traditional trade routes had been distorted or lost. Rising nationalism in the developing world challenged British imperial possessions. The emergence of the United States (US) and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) as two superpowers overtly reduced Britain's stature as a Great Power. Europe was too close to ignore but integration with Europe potentially threatened British sovereignty and foreign policy ...