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Governing Europe$
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Jack Hayward and Anand Menon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250154.001.0001

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What Is New About Governance and Why Does It Matter?

What Is New About Governance and Why Does It Matter?

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(p.61) 4 What Is New About Governance and Why Does It Matter?
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Governing Europe
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R. A. W. Rhodes (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250154.003.0004

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

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