How is Britain governed? Have we entered a new era of governance? Can traditional approaches to governance help us to interpret 21st century Britain?
This book develops the argument that we can understand political practices only by grasping the beliefs on which people act. It offers a governance narrative as a challenge to the Westminster model of British government and searches for a more accurate and open way of speaking about British government.
1. Introduction: On governance Part 1: The Approach: On interpretation 2. An Interpretative Agenda 3. Governance in Britain 4. Decentring Governance Part 2: The Public Sector: On traditions and dilemmas 5. Comparing Britain and Denmark 6. Narratives of Thatcherism 7. New Labour's Civil Service Part 3: The Civil Service: On history and ethnography 8. The roots of Governance 9. The Meaning of Governance 10. Conclusions: On governance again