‘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.

Organized Interests and Policy Networks

Organized interests and policy networks

Along with the core executive, organized interests have been widely recognized as central to policy making in Britain. Indeed, debates about the strength and influence of certain organized interests underpinned a wider discussion in the 1970s about the character of the British political system in general, with some academics warning that Britain was drifting towards corporatism (Pahl and Winkler, 1974), while others, such as Anthony King (1975) spoke of an ‘overload of government’, due largely to the number of organized interests lobbying ministers and civil servants to pursue — or avoid — particular policies. The New Right, in similar vein, alleged that some organized interests — most notably trade unions — had become too powerful, to ...

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