UK public services and management (1979-2000): Evolution or revolution?

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Examines the way the public sector and public management evolved in the UK over the last two decades of the twentieth century. Concentrates on the period between 1979 to 1997 when the UK had a succession of Conservative governments, when there was a kind of "arms race" of escalating rhetoric between the right and the left. Attempts to present a balanced account of what actually happened to the UK's public sector in general Concludes that public services are still a very large proportion of national life, and that they have not qualitatively altered the share of national resources they consume, the numbers of people they employ or the range of services they offer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-303
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Central Government
  • Policy
  • Public sector
  • United Kingdom


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