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Delegated Governance and the British State
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Delegated Governance and the British State: Walking without Order

Matthew Flinders

Abstract

The delegation of functions and responsibilities to quasi-autonomous bodies operating with a significant degree of autonomy arguably empowers governments to address a wide range of social issues simultaneously without having to be involved with the minutiae of day-to-day socio-political interactions. Delegation therefore provides a structural and esoteric capacity beyond the cognitive and physical limits of politicians. There is nothing wrong with delegation as such. The problem relates to the failure to manage delegation in Britain. And yet we actually know very little about how the state bey ... More

Keywords: delegation, depoliticization, democracy, accountability, patronage, governing, state capacity, autonomy, quangos, devolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199271603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271603.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Flinders, author
Reader in Parliamentary Government and Governance, University of Sheffield
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