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Managing the United Kingdom An Introduction to its Political Economy and Public Policy by Grahame F. Thompson

Managing the United Kingdom An Introduction to its Political Economy and Public Policy

Part of the Published in Association with The Open University Series


Managing the United Kingdom An Introduction to its Political Economy and Public Policy by Grahame F. Thompson

This textbook offers a distinctive introduction to the study of the British political economy and public policy, using three models of coordination central to the analysis of the public and private sectors: markets, hierarchies and networks. These models are used to explore key areas of the British political economy. Cases examined include core industries of strategic importance to the economy and the major elements of the public sector. This original and wide-ranging text will be an invaluable supplement to a wide range of courses on contemporary Britain.


`The conceptual chapters provide a very useful basis for thinking about particular processess... The chapters on housing, schools and hospitals are particularly interesting because they illustrate attempts to introduce market practices, ever more ingenious but only semi-successful. The comparisons with the USA and Sweden in hospital services are especially instructive.... This is a good book, with clear and balanced expositions of the ways things are going' - West European Politics

`Provides high quality public policy analysis' - Political Studies

About the Author

Grahame Thompson is Professor of Political Economy at The Open University CONTRIBUTORS ARE ALL AT THE OPEN UNIVERSITY EXCEPT: Susan Baker Cardiff University Chris Dent University of Lincoln and Humberside John Grahl University of North London Valerio Lintner London Guildhall University Mike Moran University of Manchester

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Publication date

8th November 1993


Grahame F. Thompson

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SAGE Publications Ltd


304 pages


Politics & government



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