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Network Governance and the Differentiated PolitySelected Essays, Volume I$
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R. A. W. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786108.001.0001

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The Hollowing Out of the State

The Hollowing Out of the State

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(p.119) 8 The Hollowing Out of the State
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Network Governance and the Differentiated Polity
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R. A. W. Rhodes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786108.003.0008

The chapter asks if the British state is being hollowed out. It identifies four trends that are redrawing the boundaries of the state: privatization; alternative service delivery systems; the impact of the EU; and the new public management. The resulting problems include: fragmentation; accountability; catastrophe; central capability. It discusses the case for a return to bureaucracy. The Afterword shows the trends in public spending and public employment, the emergence of the ‘franchise state’, and austerity narrative mean that the pressures redrawing the boundaries of the state persist. Over the past twenty years the state has been rolled back to create the minimalist state and rolled out to extend its influence by outsourcing and incorporating others in public governance. The original version of hollowing out did not allow for both these trends

Keywords:   hollowing out, the state, privatization, new public management, EU, bureaucracy, ‘franchise state’, austerity narrative, minimalist state

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