Quangos, Accountability and Reform

The Politics of Quasi-Government

  • Matthew V. Flinders
  • Martin J. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. History, Perspectives and Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthew V. Flinders
      Pages 3-16
    3. Matthew V. Flinders, and Hugh McConnel
      Pages 17-25
    4. Matthew V. Flinders
      Pages 26-39
    5. Gerry Stoker
      Pages 40-53
  3. An International Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Jürgen Fiedler
      Pages 57-71
    3. Frans L. Leeuw, Sandra van Theil
      Pages 72-83
    4. Enid Wistrich
      Pages 84-92
  4. The Insider’s View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Brian Landers
      Pages 120-131
    3. Andrew Purssell
      Pages 132-143
    4. Peter Baldwin
      Pages 152-161
    5. Tony Wright
      Pages 191-198
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Mathew V. Flinders, Martin J. Smith
      Pages 201-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-215

About this book


Quangos are now a permanent layer of governance in Britain. This collection challenges the stale debate which portrays quangos as inherently undemocratic. Whilst accepting that problems exist this book accepts that quangos are here to stay. Through a collection of chapters by practitioners, politicians and academics it recognises both the pitfalls and potential offered by these bodies. The book therefore illuminates a new perspective on the debate which for the first time highlights the democratic possibilities of quangos. The book advances and clarifies this complex debate by examining the British reform debate in an international context, and blends theoretical analysis with illuminating case studies from Quango Chief Executives and concrete proposals for reform.


democracy executive governance Government

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew V. Flinders
    • 1
  • Martin J. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Political Economy Research CentreUniversity of SheffieldUK

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