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Complexity, Fragmentation, and Uncertainty – Government Capacity in an Evolving State - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Complexity, Fragmentation, and Uncertainty: Government Capacity in an Evolving State

Felicity Matthews


In posing challenging questions about the relationship between state and society, theories of governance have promoted fierce debate regarding the capacity of government in an increasingly crowded policy terrain. This book analyses the ways in which national governments have responded to the raft of challenges to capacity associated with the governance debate. In doing so, it considers the impact of new policy challenges such as the earth’s changing climate, and the increasing necessity of securing individual behavioural change. To illuminate these issues, the book focuses on the Labour Govern ... More

Keywords: governance, government, Labour Government, Public Service Agreements, Whitehall, state, capacity, policy-making, delivery, United Kingdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585991
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585991.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felicity Matthews, author
Lecturer in Governance and Public Policy, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield

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