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.
It has been argued that, compared with other areas of policy making in Britain, social policy is rather unusual. Jordan and Richardson previously described the ‘normal’ British policy style as one of ‘bureaucratic accommodation’, by which they meant that the preferred style of policy making in Britain is one in which conflict is avoided in ‘a system in which the prominent actors are groups and government departments and the mode is bargaining rather than imposition’ (Jordan and Richardson, 1982: 81). However, with regard specifically to social policy, Jordan and Richardson highlighted a partial exception to this usual ‘pattern of relatively predictable policy communities’ (Jordan and Richardson, 1982: 96). Taking note of Banting's research on poverty, they suggest that social policy provides an ...