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Delegated Governance and the British StateWalking without Order$
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Matthew Flinders

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271603.001.0001

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(p.62) 3 History
Delegated Governance and the British State

Matthew Flinders (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Delegation is not a new phenomenon. This chapter illustrates the persistence, growth, and evolution of delegated governance from the earliest stages of state development in Britain through to the first decade of the 21st century. It reveals the long-term bureaucratic layering which has occurred, and considers why political elites failed to take advantage of specific windows of opportunity when broad reform initiative could have been introduced.

Keywords:   evolution of delegation, state development, bureaucratic layering, political elites, reform initiative

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