Archives for December 5th, 2001

POLICY TRANSFER AND BRITISH SOCIAL POLICY LEARNING FROM THE USA

Book News, PublicNet: 5 December, 2001

By David P. Dolowitz Rob Hulme Mike Nellis and Fiona O’NealOver the past twenty years the British State has undergone fundamental transformations in most areas of public policy, particularly those associated with social policy – welfare, health, education, and law and order. The purpose of this book is to develop and use a model of policy transfer to illustrate how many of the recent changes in British public policy can be traced directly to the process of policy transfer, particularly policy transfer between the United States and Britain. It introduces and illustrates the concept of policy transfer through a selection of case studies, demonstrating its role in the development of particular policy areas, each of which involve different processes, actors and implications. At the same time, each case study also reveals the serious problems in adapting ‘foreign’ models to their new settings.

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PUBLIC SERVICES NEED MORE WOMEN

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 December, 2001

A drive has been launched to recruit more women to national and regional public services. Currently about one third of public employees are women. More female-friendly recruitment practices will be introduced, there will be an advertising campaign and seminars will be run to heighten awareness of opportunities.Research carried out by the Office for Public Management on behalf of the DTLR found a number of barriers that need to be tackled to improve the gender balance. They include the way women perceive public appointments, the approach employers take to recruitment, the selection process and the culture of public bodies and their boards. Other factors which influence the decisions of women about applying for posts are the time required to fulfill duties and the availability of childcare.

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UNION ANGER AT ENDING OF NHS MONOPOLY

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 December, 2001

Trade unions are angry at the decision to allow private companies to deliver health care and end the monopoly supplier status of the NHS. The anger was intensified by the timing of the announcement which came on the day they held a ‘Public works’ rally in London and union delegates from around the country lobbied their MPs and invited them to support the union campaign. Union leaders had to hastily re-write speeches for the rally.The theme of the rally was that it’s time to celebrate all that’s best in public services and the keynote speech by John Monk TUC Secretary made the case for quality services delivered free from profit. Charles Clarke, Labour’s chairman presented the Government case for the NHS invest and reform agenda.

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