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Understanding governance: policy networks, governance, reflexivity and accountability

Rhodes, R.A.W. (1997) Understanding governance: policy networks, governance, reflexivity and accountability, Philadelphia, US, Open University Press, 252pp. (Public Policy & Management).

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Understanding Governance asks:

* What has changed in British government over the past two decades, how and why?

* Why do so many government policies fail?

* What does the shift from government to governance mean for the practice and study of British government?

This book provides a challenging reinterpretation which interweaves an account of recent institutional changes in central, local and European Union government with methodological innovations and theoretical analysis. It emphasizes: the inability of the 'Westminster model', with its accent on parliamentary sovereignty and strong executive leadership, to account for persistent policy failure; the 'hollowing out' of British government from above (the European Union), below (special purpose bodies) and sideways (to agencies); and the need to respond to the postmodern challenge, rethinking the methodological and theoretical assumptions in the study of British government.

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Published date: May 1997
Additional Information: Reprinted 1999.
Organisations: Politics & International Relations


Local EPrints ID: 336524
ISBN: 9780335197279
PURE UUID: 2ff8b690-3a14-48fd-bc10-f833a0ed7064
ORCID for R.A.W. Rhodes: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 28 Mar 2012 11:03
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:07

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