Scrutiny At and Beyond the Fringe

  • Matthew Flinders


This chapter focuses on Parliament’s capacity to scrutinise the machinery of government and governance. As the Hansard Society noted ‘The bulk of government activity is now carried out through arm’s length executive agencies, quangos and the like’.1


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