‘By applying the range of tools of policy analysis to the detail of the policy making machinery of British government, Peter Dorey's text has met a need for teachers and students of these subjects which has not been fulfilled for a decade or more. I have adopted it straight away as a ‘must buy’ for my own students’
- Justin Greenwood, Robert Gordon University
‘A very welcome addition to the literature on public policy-making in contemporary Britain and ideal for teaching purposes. Peter Dorey's new book is clearly written, theoretically informed, but also rich in illustration. A key resource for all students of British public policy’
- Dr Andrew Denham, Reader in Government, University of Nottingham
This accessible textbook introduces students to the public policy-making process in Britain today. Assuming no prior knowledge, it provides a full review of the key actors, institutions and processes by addressing the following questions:
who sets the public policy agenda?; who influences the detail of public policy?; what makes for successful implementation of public policy?; is there such a thing as ‘British’ public policy?
Peter Dorey is careful to ground theory in the reality of contemporary British politics and the text fully assesses the impact of devolution and European integration and the evolution from government to governance.
The result is a lively and accessible new text that will be required reading for all students of contemporary British politics, public policy and governance.
The Core Executive, Part Two: Key Institutions
The individuals whose policy roles and responsibilities were discussed in the previous chapter are themselves part of a network of institutions which also constitute the core executive. Those individuals both shape, and are themselves shaped by, these institutions, although much will depend on who the individuals and institutions are, as well as on factors such as external support or circumstances.
What can safely be asserted here is that just as the individuals who form part of the core executive are mutually dependent, by virtue of each possessing resources which various of their colleagues require in order successfully to pursue policy objectives, so are the institutions of the core executive also resource-rich in particular ...