Options for Britain II: Cross Cutting Policy Issues – Changes and Challenges offers an assessment of the decade since these policies were implemented by focusing on several issues that cut across policy areas. These include the measurement of public sector performance, the role of the state, regulation, and Britain s relationship with the European Union. A variety of leading academic and policy experts examine how such cross–cutters have changed since 1997 and point to the current challenges Britain faces. This Special Issue of Political Quarterly serves as an accompaniment to the follow–up to Options for Britain – Options For A New Britain– which provides an independent overview of 15 of the most important individual policy areas. Collectively, these volumes provide an authoritative understanding of how public policy in Britain has changed over the last decade while offering bold ideas to meet the next decade′s challenges.
Introduction (Adam Coutts and Varun Uberoi).
1. Options for Britain: Measuring and Managing Public Services Performance (Christopher Hood).
2. The Future of the State (Matthew Flinders).
3. Social Justice and Inequality in the UK: Eradicating Child Poverty? (Peter Kenway).
4. Social Mobility: Concepts, Measures and Policies (Jo Blanden).
5. The Tax System under Labour (Paul Johnson).
6. Regulation, Equality and the Public Interest (Shamit Saggar).
7. Gender Analysis of Transfer Policies: Unpicking the Household (Fran Bennett).
8. Options and the Lack of Options: Healthcare Politics and Policy (Scott L. Greer).
9. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy: Retrospect and Prospect (Alan Hughes).
10. Information Exchange between Government and Citizens (Helen Margetts).
11. Options for Britain: Europe (Patrick Diamond and Roger Liddle).
12. Global Poverty and Inequality: A Brief Retrospective and Prospective Analysis (Michael Woolcock).
Adam Coutts is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University.
Iain McLean is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics & International Relations, Oxford University.
David Halpern is Research Director at the Institute for Government and was Chief Analyst in the Prime Minister′s Strategy Unit (2001–2007).