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This book is an introduction and guide to the dramatic changes that have occurred in the provision of public services over the last two decades. The authors combine theoretical perspectives with a global range of case studies from Europe, North America, and other areas to explain why, how, and with what success liberal democracies have reformed the service role of the state.

Internationalisation, Globalisation and Liberalisation – Strategic Challenges for Public Governance
Internationalisation, globalisation and liberalisation – Strategic challenges for public governance

Since the Second World War, the world has seen the gradual but continual development of free trade, to the extent that we may today speak of operating within something close to a global free trade regime. This chapter analyses the development of globalisation and liberalisation, and the consequences this has had for the public sector in the nation states. From a highly protectionist starting point just after the Second World War, the political and economic word changed substantially over the next half-century. By the turn of the twenty-first century, global free trade had become politically accepted as the norm for trade relations among most, if not ...

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