The article argues that New Labour’s approach to government units beyond Westminster and Whitehall rests on a fatalistic reading of its environment that specifies its key features in terms of low-trust relationships and a lack of predictability about the success of a range of potential reforms. New Labour’s response in these circumstances resembles that of strategy based on the principles of a lottery. The strategy has allowed a plethora of decentralization units and reform initiatives to find favour but none to dominate. The article explores the nature of this strategy, how it was established and the prospects for its maintenance.Public Administration 2002 Volume 80. ISSN: 0033-3298 http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk/asp/journal.asp
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