Public Policy Disasters in Europe

Public Policy Disasters in Europe

by Paul 't Hart
     
 

This book considers some recent and spectacular failures in policy-making and asks what is meant by policy 'disaster', the different forms that they can take and why they have occured. These issues are explored in nine contrasting cases drawn from both the European Union and its member states. These include: the devastating crisis in the Belgium political

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This book considers some recent and spectacular failures in policy-making and asks what is meant by policy 'disaster', the different forms that they can take and why they have occured. These issues are explored in nine contrasting cases drawn from both the European Union and its member states. These include: the devastating crisis in the Belgium political system following the exposure of a paedophile ring; the crisis in the Dutch fight against drugs; 'Mad Cows', the 'Arms to Iraq' affair in the UK; monetary union between West and East Germany; the Swedish monetary crisis of 1992; and the EU's common fisheries policy and policies towards civil war in Yugoslavia. This book is an excellent study of how and why policies can go wrong and highlights the limits of what governments can achieve in Western Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415170703
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Routledge Research in European Public Policy Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. IIntroduction1
1Policy disasters in Europe: an introduction3
Pt. IIThe core functions of the state21
2The disastrous justice system in Belgium: a crisis of democracy?23
3The mass media and policy disasters: the IRT disaster and the crisis in crime-fighting in the Netherlands39
Pt. IIIThe 'welfare' state59
4The BSE crisis: public health and the 'risk society'61
5Italian public policy and the Southern Question: policy disaster or political disaster?79
6An unavoidable disaster? The German currency union of 199096
Pt. IVThe state in its international context113
7'Errors of an administrative nature'? Explaining the 'Arms to Iraq' affair115
8In defence of the Swedish crown: from triumph to tragedy and back?135
Pt. VThe European Union level153
9The Common Fisheries Policy: a European disaster?155
10The chance of a lifetime? The European Community's foreign and refugee policies towards the conflict in Yugoslavia, 1991-95175
Pt. VIConclusions193
11Explaining policy disasters in Europe: comparisons and reflections195
Index215

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