British Public Policy

As taught Autumn Semester 2010
Dr Andrew Denham, School of Politics and International Relations

The aim of this module is to analyse and explain the changing nature of policy-making in contemporary Britain, with particular emphasis on the period since 1979. Specifically, the module examines the impact of new forms of 'governance' on the policy-making process and the changing roles and responsibilities of the British state.

Taking the alleged shift from an era of 'government' to one of 'governance', and thence to an era of 'joined up government' as its central theme, the module interrogates key controversies in contemporary British political science. Examples here include the impact of 'governance', of New Right ideology, of Europeanization and of globalization on British public policy in recent years.

The module also assesses the role(s) of pressure groups and 'new social movements' in the policy process and changing relations within the 'core executive' (notably, between ministers and civil servants) in recent years. Finally, the module seeks to explain and assess 'New' Labour's attempts to 'reform' and 'modernise' the British state (notably via devolved governance) and the policy process in Westminster and Whitehall (via parliamentary 'reform' and 'joined up government') since 1997.

Module Code: M13045
Suitable for study at: undergraduate level 3
Credits: 20 

Method and frequency of class: 1 x 2hr seminar per week for 11 weeks

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Target Students: Undergraduate students from the School of Politics and International Relations and cognate Schools in the Faculties of Arts and Law & Social Sciences. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice. Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Offering School: Politics and International Relations