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The State Under Stress: Can The Hollow State Be Good Government? Christopher D. Foster

The State Under Stress: Can The Hollow State Be Good Government?

Christopher D. Foster

Published October 1st 1996
ISBN : 9780335197132
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This is a comprehensive account of the changes that have taken place in British government in recent years - since 1979 but, more especially, since 1988. It argues that (and explains why) there has been a general decline in competence and ability toMoreThis is a comprehensive account of the changes that have taken place in British government in recent years - since 1979 but, more especially, since 1988. It argues that (and explains why) there has been a general decline in competence and ability to deliver good government. Ministers are increasingly overloaded, their long-standing relationships with civil servants have altered and the power of Parliament has declined. And the machinery of government has been transformed, at one level, by changes in the use of Cabinet and at another by privatization, contractorization and the creation of executive agencies. Any new government will find government transformed to a point where most memories of how it used to work in the 1970s are irrelevant. The State Under Stress argues that, while the clock cannot be turned back, urgent reforms are needed if democracy is not to be further undermined.