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Restating the State?

Andrew Gamble (Editor), Tony Wright (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-2454-6
172 pages
December 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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In his essay “The end of laissez-faire”, Keynes distinguished between the agenda and the non-agenda of government. This book asks how we interpret that distinction today.

  • A ground-breaking collection concerned with rethinking the contemporary role of the state.
  • Comprises essays written by leading scholars and politicians.
  • Looks back at the expansion of the social democratic state in post-war Britain, and at the subsequent challenge to this from neo-liberal ideas and policies.
  • Discusses new doctrines for managing the state, new conceptions of the state, and new ideas for organising the delivery of public services.
  • Covers current concepts, such as the enabling state, and topical issues such as public private partnerships.
  • Goes beyond traditional ‘state versus market’ arguments.
  • Opens up new conceptual and practical territory.

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1. Introduction: Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright.

2. The Rationale of the Minimal State: Norman Barry.

3. Neo-liberalism and the Theory of the State: From Wohlfahrtsstaat to Rechtsstaat: Raymond Plant.

4. Re-Stating Politics, Re-Politicising the State: Neo-liberalism, Economic Imperatives and the Rise of the Competition State: Colin Hay.

5. False Friend: The State and the Public Demain: David Marquand.

6. Leviathan Life: David Walker.

7. The State and the Market: John Kay.

8. Creating the Public Good: Charles Leadbeater.

9. The State and Innovations in Economic Governance: Colin Crouch.

10. New Localism, Progressive Politics and Democracy: Gerry Stoker.

11. Back to the Centre? Rebuilding the State: B. Guy Peters.

12. Reclaiming ‘The Public’ Through the People: Hilary Wainwright.

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Andrew Gamble is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is joint editor of The Political Quarterly and his books include Between Europe and America: The Future of British Politics (2003) and Politics and Fate (2000).

Tony Wright is MP for Cannock Chase and Chairman of the Public Administration Committee in the House of Commons. He is joint editor of The Political Quarterly and his books include The British Political Process (1999) and Socialisms: Old and New (1996).

Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright have also co-edited The New Social Democracy.

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  • A ground-breaking collection concerned with rethinking the contemporary role of the state.
  • Comprises essays written by leading scholars and politicians.
  • Looks back at the expansion of the social democratic state in post-war Britain, and at the subsequent challenge to this from neo-liberal ideas and policies.
  • Discusses new doctrines for managing the state, new conceptions of the state, and new ideas for organising the delivery of public services.
  • Covers current concepts, such as the enabling state, and topical issues such as public private partnerships.
  • Goes beyond traditional ‘state versus market’ arguments.
  • Opens up new conceptual and practical territory.
See More

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