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:

  • provide a theoretical defence of situated agency located in the historical context of British political science
  • compare their approach to British political science with others including, post-structural and institutional analysis
  • present a general account of governance as the context for ethnographic analyses of governance in action
  • deliver studies of the consumers of public services, the National Health Service, government departments and policy networks.

This book will be of great interest to advanced students and researchers of political theory, public policy, British politics and British history.

chapter 1|14 pages

Introduction: Meaning in action

chapter 2|18 pages

Interpretation and its others

part |2 pages

PART I Interpreting traditions

chapter 3|21 pages

British political sciences

chapter 4|18 pages

Westminster models

chapter 5|13 pages

Decentring governance

part |2 pages

PART II Reading practices

chapter 6|20 pages

The Blair presidency

chapter 7|18 pages

Everyday life in a ministry

chapter 8|18 pages

National Health Service reform

chapter 9|19 pages

Police reform

chapter 10|12 pages