Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 19

Rhodes (1997) is a very accessible introduction to theories of the policy process and multi-level governance. Parsons (1995) is comprehensive on theories of the policy process. Lindblom and Woodhouse (1993) is very lucid, brief introduction if a bit dated now. Moran, Goodin and Rein (2006) is a wide ranging introduction to the very latest theories in the study of policy. The idea of non-decisions and negative decisions is still best described for the beginner by Lukes (originally 1974, 2nd ed. 2004). Heffernan and Thompson (2005) is very up to date on power and decision, and since it is written for an Open University course is a model of clarity. Dunleavy (1995) is a seminal study of policy failure in Britain. Moran (2001) introduces the debate about British policy failures, and examines some spectacular examples. Butler, Adonis and Travis (1994) is a famous study of a great policy fiasco, the Poll Tax. Margetts (1999) is a study of high technology policy and its failures, with the added bonus of American evidence. Hood (1994) and Hood (1998), quite advanced, are key on the whole theory of policy failure. Hood, Rothstein and Baldwin (2001) introduce the idea of risk and policy, and provide some good, concrete case studies.

The best web site for this chapter is http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/CARR/ This is the Centre for the Study of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics. A copy of the Centre's magazine on risk and regulation, which contains short accessible articles on these themes, can be downloaded from the site.