Why Does Policy Change?: Lessons from British Transport Policy 1945-99

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Routledge, Aug 2, 2004 - Political Science - 272 pages
The tension between policy stability and change is a key political phenomenon, but its dynamics have been little understood. Why Does Policy Change? examines and explains the dynamics of major policy change by looking at case studies from British Transport policy since 1945. The significant contrasts between road and rail policies in this period lend themselves perfectly to the authors' theories of what brings about policy turnabout.
 

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Contents

1 Government interest groups and policy change
1
2 The dynamics of the rail hollow core
24
3 Occupying the hollow core
43
4 Roadbuilding as a policy idea and a weak advocacy coalition 190054
66
5 Ministers and motorways
79
6 Undermining a hegemonic policy community
107
7 Roads for prosperity versus sustainable mobility
136
8 The destruction of Roads for Prosperity
157
9 The hollow core revisited
189
10 Why does policy change?
220
Bibliography
232
Index
243
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