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Palgrave Macmillan

The Politics of Public Sector Reform

From Thatcher to the Coalition

ISBN 9780230363649
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The UK public sector faces an unprecedented long-term challenge. A decade of plenty in the public finances has been followed by a decade and more of austerity. Public services are undergoing long-term annual spending cuts even as demographic changes create soaring demand in health, education and adult care. The challenge for the public sector is how to radically transform and adapt to the new era while avoiding the mistakes of previous reform programmes. In this first comprehensive 'bird's eye' account of public sector reform supported by studies from over 400 official sources, the book offers an invaluable practical guide to all those in the public, private and voluntary sectors grappling with the twin challenges of public spending austerity and the pressure to transform public services and ensure they are 'fit for purpose.'

Michael Burton is one of the UK's foremost commentators on the public sector and local government and has been writing on the subject for over 25 years. He is former editor and now editorial director of The MJ (Municipal Journal) the UK's leading news weekly about local government and the public sector and he is a graduate in modern history from Sussex University.

Table of contents

Introduction

PART I: THE BACKGROUND TO REFORM 
 
1. Reform under the Conservatives 1979-97
2. Reform under Labour 1997-2010
3. Reform under the Coalition 2010-2015

PART II: THE DRIVERS OF REFORM
 
4. Number Ten and the Cabinet Office
5. The Treasury
6. The role of Parliament
7. The Role of the Consumer and Competition

PART III: REFORMING THE KEY PUBLIC SERVICES 

8. Whitehall
9. The NHS
10. Local Governnment
11. The Police
12. Welfare
13. Education and Schools

PART IV: THE ROLE OF PERFORMANCE REGIMES IN PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM
 
14. Measuring Performance
15. Monitoring Performance
16. The International Perspective

Conclusion

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The Politics of Public Sector Reform by Michael Burton is a rich yet concise account of public service reform over the past three decades that goes beyond the politics of public service reform to also look at reforms in each key area of public services
Sonia Sodha, Progress Online. http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/10/02/the-politics-of-public-sector-reform/
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