By Simon Lee and Richard WoodwardThis article focuses on the implementation of the Blair governments’ agenda for the delivery of public services in England. A distinctive approach to policy is identified which has effectively nationalized the implementation process in England. This has been achieved by a move from negotiated discretion towards centralized prescription in resource allocation by the Treasury; the construction of a ‘new centre’ for joined-up and integrated policy-making; and the application of the principle of ‘earned autonomy’ to the delivery of public services’ reform. Devolution has been confined to the delegation of responsibility for delivering services within a centrally-defined national framework.
Public Money and Management volume 22 No 4. Published by Blackwell. http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk
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