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What Is New About Governance and Why Does It Matter?

R. A. W. Rhodes

in Governing Europe

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250158
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599439 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250154.003.0004
 What Is New About Governance and Why Does It Matter?

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This chapter defends the ‘private patois of political science’, revisiting in separate sections the notions of governance, the core executive, the hollowing out of the core executive, and the differentiated polity. There are already plenty of formal academic statements, but the aim here is to provide an informal guide to one way of understanding British government, to what we are trying to understand, and to how we understand it. The author believes that the old vocabulary for describing Westminster and Whitehall is at best a partial description of how British government works, and that a new language is needed to capture the changes that have taken and are taking place.

Keywords: British government; core executive; differentiated polity; governance; hollowing out; language; polity; understanding

Chapter.  6625 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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