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Options for Britain II: Cross Cutting Policy Issues - Changes and Challenges

Varun Uberoi (Editor), Adam Coutts (Editor), Iain McLean (Editor), David Halpern (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3395-4
216 pages
March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Options for Britain II: Cross Cutting Policy Issues - Changes and Challenges offers an assessment of the last decade of British public policy that cuts across policy areas, such as measuring public sector performance, the role of the state, regulation, and Britain’s relationship with the EU.
  • Provides evidence to show what has and has not worked in the Options For Britain II project
  • Sets out key choices both for Britain's electorate and the next incoming government, regardless of its political make up
  • Questions how public policy has changed over the last ten years, addresses the most important current challenges, and provides options for an incoming government to address them
  • Accompanies Options For A New Britain, the follow up to its influential predecessor Options for Britain
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Notes on Contributors.

Introduction (Adam Coutts and Varun Uberoi).

1. Options for Britain: Measuring and Managing Public Services Performance (Christopher Hood).

2. The Future of the State (Matthew Flinders).

3. Social Justice and Inequality in the UK: Eradicating Child Poverty? (Peter Kenway).

4. Social Mobility: Concepts, Measures and Policies (Jo Blanden).

5. The Tax System under Labour (Paul Johnson).

6. Regulation, Equality and the Public Interest (Shamit Saggar).

7. Gender Analysis of Transfer Policies: Unpicking the Household (Fran Bennett).

8. Options and the Lack of Options: Healthcare Politics and Policy (Scott L. Greer).

9. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy: Retrospect and Prospect (Alan Hughes).

10. Information Exchange between Government and Citizens (Helen Margetts).

11. Options for Britain: Europe (Patrick Diamond and Roger Liddle).

12. Global Poverty and Inequality: A Brief Retrospective and Prospective Analysis (Michael Woolcock).

Index.

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Varun Uberoi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University.

Adam Coutts is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University.

Iain McLean is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics & International Relations, Oxford University.

David Halpern is Research Director at the Institute for Government and was Chief Analyst in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (2001-2007).

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  • Focuses on some of the most prominent challenges for UK policy-makers, such as measuring public sector performance, the role of the state, regulation, and Britain’s relationship with the EU
  • Provides evidence to show what has and hasn’t worked in the Options II project
  • Sets out key choices both for the electorate and the next incoming government, regardless of its political complexion
  • Brings together a team of policy-makers, politicians, academics, and journalists
  • Questions how policy has changed over the last ten years, what the most important current challenges are, and what options an incoming government might have to address these
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