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This volume is a follow up to its highly influential predecessor, Options for Britain, which in 1996 brought together a leading group of academics and policy experts to assess the key economic, social and constitutional policy options for Britain.

A decade on and the British political world is very different. Much of the analysis in Options for Britain has become accepted wisdom, and many of the policy proposals have become reality. However, there is also a sense of déjà vu. The Labour government has been in power for a decade and governments find it difficult to refresh themselves in power, as the legacy of their own decisions build up. It is in these historical moments that outside thinking such as that embodied within Options for a New Britain can have a decisive influence, helping to inform the public and key commentators, and to provide a source of ideas and inspiration.

Leading academics and policy experts examine what has happened over the last decade across a broad range of key policy areas, what are the current challenges and what options might an incoming government- regardless of political persuasion- have to address them.


Description


This volume is a follow up to its highly influential predecessor, Options for Britain, which in 1996 brought together a leading group of academics and policy experts to assess the key economic, social and constitutional policy options for Britain.

A decade on and the British political world is very different. Much of the analysis in Options for Britain has become accepted wisdom, and many of the policy proposals have become reality. However, there is also a sense of déjà vu. The Labour government has been in power for a decade and governments find it difficult to refresh themselves in power, as the legacy of their own decisions build up. It is in these historical moments that outside thinking such as that embodied within Options for a New Britain can have a decisive influence, helping to inform the public and key commentators, and to provide a source of ideas and inspiration.

Leading academics and policy experts examine what has happened over the last decade across a broad range of key policy areas, what are the current challenges and what options might an incoming government- regardless of political persuasion- have to address them.


Reviews

'An authoritative and rigorous analysis of the policy options for Britain in the next ten years. It looks across the whole range of policy areas, exploring the dilemmas which will confront governments, and how they might be resolved.' - Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge, UK

'A comprehensive account of the challenges that Britain faces in the decade ahead by a team of experts who also provide policy options to address these challenges.' - Robert Hazell, The Constitution Unit, UCL, UK

'Fascinating, timely and invaluable - a collection of independent perspectives of how key policy issues and options have changed and been addressed since 1996 together with thoughts on how the challenge of the next decade might be tackled.' – Sir Michael Bichard, Institute of Government, UK

'An independent and authoritative audit of public policy that is detached from day to day Westminster and media battles. The authors challenge many conventional political assumptions on, for instance, housing and public transport. The party manifestos for the next election should be judged alongside this book.' - Peter Riddell, Chief Political Commentator of The Times


Contents


Foreword: D.King
Introduction
Microeconomic Policy and the Productivity Agenda; N.Crafts
Prosperity& Productivity; M.Weale
Poverty, Inequality and Social Mobility; P.Kenway& J.Blanden
Employment, Worklessness and Unemployment; M.Evans& S.Harkness
NHS, Health and Well-Being; J.Appelby& A.Coutts
Education; A.Wolf
Science and Technology Policy; J.Grant& J.Krapels
Crime and Criminal Justice: Exploring the Policy Options; M.Hough& J.V.Roberts
Housing; S.Nickell
Economy and Environment: Tackling Britain's Transport Problem; R.Wellings
Energy, Climate Change and the Environment; F.Gallo, A.Woods, C.Hope, B.Worthington& A.Coutts
Britain and the World: Options for UK Foreign and Security Policy; M.Chalmers
Diversity and Extremism; V.Uberoi& S.Saggar
Communications and Media Policy; D.Tambini
The Constitution; G.Lodge& R.Gough


Authors


VARUN UBEROI is Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK.

ADAM COUTTS is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK.
IAIN MCLEAN is Professor of Politics and Director of the Public Policy Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK.

DAVID HALPERN is Director of Research at the Institute for Government, UK.