Recent academic and political responses to the British state have been influenced by an atmosphere which is increasingly suspicious of hierarchies, bureaucracies and, indeed, the state itself. Tom Ling identifies the factors leading to this development and in the final chapter he evaluates the more important recent responses to the changed atmosphere.
The British State Since 1945 will be widely read by students and practitioners of British politics and public sector change. Its concern with policy–making and policy–implementation also makes it a valuable resource for students of social welfare and economic interventions. Through its evaluation and application of a variety of theoretical and analytical approaches to the question of the British State, this book will also be of interest to everyone concerned with more theoretical debates about the nature of the state and contemporary politics.
1. State Management and the Post–war Settlement.
2. State Management and Economic Policy from the 1940s to the 1970s.
3. Managing the British Welfare State.
4. Professional Interests and the British Welfare State.
5. The Emergence of ′New Managerialist′ approaches towards the Civil Service in the Transition to Thatcherism.
6. The New Technologies of State Management.
7. Two Case Studies of the Changing British State: Youth Training and the Instruments of Urban Intervention.
8. The British State: Interpretations and Prospects.
"A useful introduction ... The author combines a coherent conceptual overview with a careful exposition of such key issues as managerialsim, professionalism, and the rise of the ′new public management′. The book is to be recommended to an undergraduate audience." Political Studies