9780761969891

Modernizing Governance : New Labour, Policy and Society

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    9780761969891

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    0761969896

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-03
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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Summary

This timely book explores the politics and policies of New Labour and asks how far these represent a shift in the governance of the United Kingdom. It offers critical interpretations of core themes in Labour's policy agenda, with chapters on: the Third Way, Modernizing Government, Partnership, Participation and Inclusion.Modernizing Governance examines how policy is being reshaped and public management realigned, and assesses the consequences for relationships between the state and citizen, between government and public services, and between organizations and their users.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgements ix
List of abbreviations
x
Introduction: new Labour and the question of governance 1(1)
Governance and new Labour
1(3)
Key questions
4(1)
Politics, policy and culture: outlining the approach
5(3)
The structure of the book
8(3)
Understanding governance
11(15)
Forms of analysis: political, economic and social governance
12(4)
Theoretical challenges
16(6)
New Labour, new governance?
22(4)
The dynamics of institutional change
26(14)
Conceptualising `change'
26(5)
Exploring tensions in the process of change
31(2)
Mapping models of governance
33(4)
The dynamics of change
37(3)
The Third Way: modernising social democracy
40(15)
Constructing the Third Way
40(6)
Modernisation: putting the `new' into new Labour?
46(6)
Modernising governance?
52(3)
Modernising government: the politics of reform
55(28)
Neo-liberal governance
55(3)
Labour's modernisation of government
58(4)
Modernising the policy process
62(10)
Modernising the state: towards multi-level governance
72(6)
A new style of governance?
78(5)
Modernising services: the politics of performance
83(21)
Public services: partners or agents?
84(2)
Regulating professional work
86(7)
Shaping behaviour: regulation and self-regulation
93(2)
Labour's approach to managing change
95(4)
Implementing change: trust and contract
99(5)
Joined-up government: the politics of partnership
104(23)
Governing through partnership: a paradigm shift?
104(4)
The limits of partnership
108(4)
The dynamics of partnership working
112(4)
Power, trust and leadership
116(5)
Organisational cultures and professional identities
121(3)
Towards a new governance?
124(3)
Public participation: the politics of representation
127(16)
The Third Way and democratic renewal
128(2)
The challenge to representative democracy
130(3)
Equality, diversity and the politics of difference
133(3)
New Labour, modernisation and the limits to public participation
136(3)
Towards a new form of governance?
139(4)
Remaking civil society: the politics of inclusion
143(18)
Renewing civil society
144(2)
Re-building community capacity
146(2)
Remaking welfare subjects
148(3)
From equality to social inclusion
151(3)
A modern British people?
154(4)
The politics of inclusion
158(3)
Conclusion: the politics of governance
161(20)
New Labour and governance
161(2)
The paradoxes of modernisation
163(2)
Governance as a constructed and contested domain
165(3)
The dispersal of power
168(2)
Towards a new political settlement?
170(1)
Reconceptualising governance
171(2)
Re-imagining modernisation
173(8)
Bibliography 181(13)
Index 194

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