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The Politics of Public Sector Reform

From Thatcher to the Coalition

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. The Politics of Public Sector Reform: From Thatcher to the Coalition

  3. The Background to Reform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Michael Burton
      Pages 17-26
    3. Michael Burton
      Pages 27-36
    4. Michael Burton
      Pages 37-49
  4. The Drivers of Reform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Michael Burton
      Pages 53-63
    3. Michael Burton
      Pages 64-77
    4. Michael Burton
      Pages 78-87
    5. Michael Burton
      Pages 88-104
  5. Reforming the Key Public Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Michael Burton
      Pages 107-127
    3. Michael Burton
      Pages 128-148
    4. Michael Burton
      Pages 149-171
    5. Michael Burton
      Pages 172-188
    6. Michael Burton
      Pages 189-201
    7. Michael Burton
      Pages 202-215
  6. The Role of Performance Regimes in Public Sector Reform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Michael Burton
      Pages 219-232

About this book


The first comprehensive 'bird's eye' account of public sector reform supported by references from over 400 official sources, this book is an invaluable guide to all those in the public, private and voluntary sectors grappling with the twin challenges of managing public spending austerity and the pressure in response to transform public services.


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About the authors

Michael Burton is one of the UK's foremost commentators on the public sector and local government and has been writing on the subject for over 25 years. He is former editor and now editorial director of The MJ (Municipal Journal) the UK's leading news weekly about local government and the public sector and he is a graduate in modern history from Sussex University.

Bibliographic information


The Politics of Public Sector Reform by Michael Burton is a rich yet concise account of public service reform over the past three decades that goes beyond the politics of public service reform to also look at reforms in each key area of public services

Sonia Sodha, Progress Online.