Neoliberalism and Policy Transfer in the British Competition State: the Case of Welfare Reform

  • Mark Evans
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


My main submission in this chapter is twofold. First, the British Labour government has adopted a policy agenda, which in its most crucial aspects reflects the continuing transformation of the British State into a competition state. Secondly, within a competition state policy actors and institutions increasingly promote new forms of complex globalization through processes of policy transfer in an attempt to adapt state action to cope more effectively with what they see as global ‘realities’. Complex globalization in this context refers to the way in which public policy-making in a globalizing world is increasingly internally and externally complex due to the sheer range of state and non-state actors involved in the delivery of public goods through multi-level governance.


Policy Agenda Welfare Reform Labour Party Policy Transfer Competition State 
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Further reading

  1. Farazmand, A. (1999) ‘Globalisation and Public Administration’, Public Administration Review, 59(6), 509–22.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Giddens, A. (1999) Runaway World: How Globalization is Re-shaping Our Lives (Profile).Google Scholar
  3. Keohane, R.O. and Nye, J. (2000) ‘Globalization: What’s New? What’s Not? (And So What?)’, Foreign Policy, 118, 104–19.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Richards, D. and Smith, M. (2002), Governance and Public Policy in the UK, Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

Useful websites

  1. World Bank
  2. D. Arnold (2003), ‘Labour’s Economic Policy and the Competition State: A Social Democratic Critique of the Political Economy of the Third Way’Google Scholar
  3. http://ideas.repec.Org/p/wop/wispod/1223–01.html R. Walker and M. Wiseman (2001), ‘Britain’s New Deal and the Next Round of US Welfare Reform’Google Scholar
  4. An evaluation of the New Deal by the Human Resource Management Network

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