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Shrinking the State: Five challenges in reforming quangos

 

Professor Chris Skelcher and Professor Matthew Flinders publish their first article, ‘Shrinking the State: Five challenges in reforming quangos’, for the project in Public Money and Management. Here is the abstract:

Some problems of governance regularly resurface, and the use and role of ‘quangos’ – public bodies operating at arm’s-length to ministers – is a case in point. The administrative history of the British state is littered with official reviews and political debates about quangos. Historically, governments, whatever their reforming zeal, have found it difficult to make substantial changes. Now the UK government has initiated a rapid and large-scale set of reforms. This article analyses these changes and highlights five challenges for governments wishing to reform arm’s-length bodies: mapping, assessing, reconfiguring, saving, and accounting.

The full article is available here.

Reference: Flinders, M. and Skelcher, C. (2012) ‘Shrinking the State: Five challenges in reforming quangos’, Public Money and Management 32:, pp.327-34.

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