This original analysis of the creation of new state forms critically examines the political forces that enabled `more and better management' to be presented as a solution to the problems of the welfare state in Britain. Examining the micro-politics within public service, the authors draw links between politics, policies and organizational power to present an incisive and dynamic account of the restructuring of social welfare. Clarke and Newman expose the tensions and contradictions in the managerial state and trace the emergence of new dilemmas in the provision of public services. They show that these problems are connected to the recurring difficulties in defining `the public' that receives these services. In partic

From the Cradle to the Grave: The Crises of the Post-War Welfare Settlements

From the cradle to the grave: The crises of the post-war welfare settlements

The remaking of the state has been a continuing strand in British politics for the past twenty years. Hardly any institutional arrangement has been left untouched by the waves of reforms, revolutions and realignments, from the Civil Service to community organisations providing local services. This remaking has not only changed the internal organisational forms of the state, but the relationships between the state and the economy, the state and society and the state and the citizen. Much of the drive towards institutional reform has been based on a perceived ‘crisis of the welfare state’. This crisis carries with it issues ...

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