‘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.
Chapter 8: From Government to Governance
From Government to Governance
The concept of governance has become increasingly popular among political scientists and policy analysts since the 1980s, for it represents an intellectual innovation which aims to characterize key empirical changes in the structure of the British polity, and the impact that these changes have had on public policy in Britain. Previously, textbooks tended to refer to ‘government’, reflecting the notion of a unitary state, in which central government or the ‘core executive’ — Cabinet, ministers, departments and senior civil servants — administered public policy in a top-down manner, in spite of the important, but often overlooked or underestimated role of street level bureaucrats, as noted in the previous chapter. This notion of ‘government’, both as a noun, and ...