Book News: June 12th, 1998

Policy Networks, Governance and Accountability.
RAW Rhodes Professor of Politics, University of Newcastle.

This book provides a challenging reinterpretation of changes in central, local and European Union government and is an helpful aid to the understanding of government and governance. It emphasises the inability of the ‘Westminster model’, with it accent on parliamentary sovereignty and strong executive leadership, to account for persistent policy failure; the ‘hollowing out’ of British government from above (the European Union), below (special purpose bodies) and sideways (to agencies). It contains sections on Reinventing Whitehall and The Changing Face of Local Government.

Open University Press 256pp 0 335 19727 2 paperback. 0 335 19728 0 hardba