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Team publish Initial Findings research paper

 

Today, the STS Team have published their first report on public bodies reform. This report details the initial findings of the UK government’s attempt to reform the ‘quango state’. It offers not an account of ‘bondires’ or ‘axes’, but a more sophisticated account of the changing nature and structure of governance. The report states that:

the approach of the Coalition government has predominantly focused not on abolition (i.e. quangocide) but on tidying-up the quango landscape and tightening-up internal control procedures. The Coalition’s reforms in this area cannot therefore be dismissed as cosmetic but at the same time it is important to acknowledge that the quango state has been reconfigured rather than abolished.

The full report is available here.

This is the first research paper by Chris Skelcher, Matthew Flinders, Katherine Tonkiss and Katharine Dommett for the Shrinking the State research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Ref. ES/J010553/1).

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