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


  • Simon Lee
  • Richard Woodward


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 center’ 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.

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  • Simon Lee & Richard Woodward, 2002. "Delivering Public Services—Mechanisms and Consequences: Implementing the Third Way: The Delivery of Public Services under the Blair Government," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(4), pages 49-56, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pubmmg:v:22:y:2002:i:4:p:49-56
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-9302.00329

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