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The Managerial State : Power, Politics and Ideology in the Remaking of Social Welfare - John H. Clarke

The Managerial State

Power, Politics and Ideology in the Remaking of Social Welfare

Paperback Published: 1st March 1997
ISBN: 9780803976122
Number Of Pages: 192

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This work provides an analysis of the creation of new state forms in the remaking of social welfare. The authors examine critically the political forces that enabled "more and better management" to be presented as a solution to the problems of the welfare state; analyze the micro-politics of change within public services; present an incisive and dynamic account of the restructuring of the British welfare state by drawing links between politics, policies and organizational power; address the tensions and contradiction in the managerial state; and trace the emergence of new dilemmas in the provision of public services. They show that these dilemmas are connected to the recurring problems of defining "the public" that receives these services. In particular, they question whether the reinvention of the public as either a nation or consumers or a nation of communities can effectively address the impications of social diversity.

`The Managerial State can be situated as part of a critical literature on public sector managerialism to which it makes a valuable contribution...Clarke and Newman have produced a thoughtful and stimulating book. Their focus is on the British experience and this is unfashionable when this is a sine qua non to produce comparative work in social policy. However, they produce the robust justification of this approach; that as different countries have pursued different attempted solutions to economic recession and crisis and these in turn depend upon a specific combinations of national politics and circumstances then a national focus is fully justified. In the view of this reviewer such an emphasis on Britain serves to enhance rather than diminish the value of the book.' Journal of Social Policy



`A significant contribution to the growing body of work which charts the impact of management theory on welfare organizations in the United Kingdom' - International Social Work

From the Cradle to the Grave
The Crises of the post-War Welfare Settlements
Towards the Managerial State?
A Change for the Better? The Tyranny of Transformation
The Making of Management
Regimes of Power
Incentives, Institutions and Identities
Shaping the Managerial State
Capturing the Customer
The Politics of Representation
Reinventing the Public
An Unstable State?
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ISBN: 9780803976122
ISBN-10: 0803976127
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.28