From Stagnation to Fiasco: the Age of the Regulatory State

Michael Moran

in The British Regulatory State

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199247578
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601996 | DOI:
 From Stagnation to Fiasco: the Age of the Regulatory State

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The age of the new regulatory state in Britain is also the age of policy fiasco. Fiasco is both a reflection of hyper-innovation and a force driving the state to even greater frenzies of hyper-innovation. It is argued that the emergent regulatory state amounts to an incomplete reconciliation with the conditions of modernity: with governing arrangements where codified knowledge matters more than tacit knowledge; where codified rules matter more than understanding; where instrumental achievement matters more than traditionally occupied positions; and where measurable accountability matters more than elite solidarity.

Keywords: regulatory state; Britain; hyper-innovation; policy fiasco

Chapter.  14963 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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