British Government

British Government

by Simon James
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415113032

ISBN-13: 9780415113038

Pub. Date: 03/13/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This reader presents over seventy case studies of policy making in Whitehall and Westminster, combining newspaper coverage, official documents, academic analysis and the recollections of participants. Simon James demonstrates the various ways in which policy originates, the way it is shaped within Whitehall, the different modes of parliamentary control, and the

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This reader presents over seventy case studies of policy making in Whitehall and Westminster, combining newspaper coverage, official documents, academic analysis and the recollections of participants. Simon James demonstrates the various ways in which policy originates, the way it is shaped within Whitehall, the different modes of parliamentary control, and the problems of implementation and policy review. He illustrates civil servants' part in developing policy, ministers' relations with their departments and their colleagues, and the role of the prime minister and cabinet. Case studies help to examine cabinet committees, the influence of pressure groups and select committees as well as the consequences of independent inquiries, the impact of the European Community and the restraining power of parliament and the courts. The case studies range from national controversies such as the pits closure crisis and the "Satanic Verses" affair, through to the hidden side of policy making including deals struck with pressure groups in Whitehall conference and wrangling in Brussels over the tax on whisky. Designed as a textbook for A-level students and undergraduates, "Policy Making in the British Government" provides a broad range of source material and analysis that will be of value to students of British politics, policy making and political institutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415113038
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/13/1997
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The actors17
1.aThe civil service17
1.bMinisters24
1.cThe Prime Minister28
1.dThe cabinet and its committees30
1.eThe European Union36
1.fPressure groups and policy communities37
2Initiating policy43
2.aPolicy initiated by the government43
2.bPolicy initiated from outside60
3Inside the 'black box'90
3.aMinisters and civil servants90
3.bCo-ordination and conflict between ministers104
3.cThe Prime Minister and policy conflict115
4External influences on policy130
4.aThe European Union130
4.bThe politics of influence139
4.cPublic campaigns145
5Implementation and policy review152
5.aImplementing policy152
6Legislation, legitimisation and control: parliament and the courts170
6.aParty control170
6.bThe House of Commons176
6.cThe House of Lords195
6.dControl by the courts: judicial review197
Conclusion210
References215
Index217

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