An incisive examination of Britain today, which breaks from traditional studies, and takes a new approach to account for massive changes in the make-up of the nation.
Over the last twenty years Britain has changed from being governed as a unitary state to a country ruled by the interplay of various forces: central government, the market, public-private partnerships, new local government structures (eg. the new Mayoral system), greater regional autonomy as well as the EU and transnational businesses and organizations.
In their earlier book Interpreting British Governance, Bevir and Rhodes examined changes in British government by setting out an interpretative approach to British political science, which focussed on an aggregate analysis of British political traditions. This new study builds on this work to:
This book will be of great interest to advanced students and researchers of political theory, public policy, British politics and British history.
1. Introduction: Meaning In Action 2. Interpretation and Its Others Part 1: Interpreting Traditions 3. British Political Sciences 4. Westminster Models 5. Decentring Governance Part 2: Reading Practices 6. The Blair Presidency 7. Everyday Life in a Ministry 8. National Health Service Reform 9. Police Reform 10. Conclusions