Invest and reform: spending review 2002 and its control regime

Richard Parry

in Social Policy Review 15

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781847424709
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303428 | DOI:
Invest and reform: spending review 2002 and its control regime

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This chapter tries to locate the process and outcome of spending review 2002 within the history of Treasury control in Britain, as well as within the understanding of the balance between spending commitment and policy success. It looks at the place of Gordon Brown in the history of the development of Treasury power. It then asks if the spending increases can deliver their objectives, before it evaluates the public service agreements (PSAs) and the lower-level service delivery agreements. The concepts of the ‘invest’ side and ‘reform’ side are introduced.

Keywords: spending review 2002; Treasury control; spending commitment; policy success; Gordon Brown; Treasury power; public service agreements; service delivery agreements

Chapter.  7665 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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