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Restating the State?

Restating the State?

Andrew Gamble (Editor), Tony Wright (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-12454-6

Dec 2004

172 pages

Select type: Paperback

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$34.95

Description

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.
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.


  • 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.