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How Europe shapes British public policy$
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Janice Morphet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300465

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300465.001.0001

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British public policymaking

British public policymaking

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How Europe shapes British public policy

Janice Morphet

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the approach to making policy within the UK within central government. It also includes a discussion on the implications and influences on UK policy making since the implementation of devolution in 1999. The chapter considers the influences on British public policy making primarily from those influences which are internal and those which are external. The internal influences include political party ideology, electoral cycles and role of internal policy units. There is a longer discussion on the role of the civil service in public policy making. The external influences are grouped into four categories - quasi-informal, opaque informal, formal and quasi-voluntaristic. The chapter concludes that the polices that have been devolved within the UK are those policies that the UK has pooled within the EU and are of less interest to the centre of government and the civil service.

Keywords:   Public policy, UK, Mechanics of government, Policy units, Think tanks, Civil service, devolution

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