Delivering Public Services—Mechanisms and Consequences: Implementing the Third Way: The Delivery of Public Services under the Blair Government

Simon Lee, Richard Woodward

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This article focuses on the implementation of the Blair governments' agenda for the delivery of public services in England. A distinctive approach to policy is identified which has effectively nationalized the implementation process in England. This has been achieved by a move from negotiated discretion towards centralized prescription in resource allocation by the Treasury; the construction of a 'new centre' for joined-up and integrated policy-making; and the application of the principle of 'earned autonomy' to the delivery of public services' reform. Devolution has been confined to the delegation of responsibility for delivering services within a centrally-defined national framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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