The Fragmentation of Public Administration: Differentiated and Decentred Governance in the (Dis)United Kingdom

Elliott, Ian, Bottom, Karin A., Carmichael, Paul, Liddle, Joyce, Martin, Steve and Pyper, Robert (2021) The Fragmentation of Public Administration: Differentiated and Decentred Governance in the (Dis)United Kingdom. Public Administration. ISSN 0033-3298 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper analyses a UK polity that is characterised by fragmentation, differentiation and decentred governance which is evident at multiple layers of public policy and administration. The development of devolved governments as well as ongoing debates around regional and local governance have created increasingly fragmented places. The intensification of policies associated with the New Public Management have fragmented the provision of public services. And the absence of a common approach to professional development has led to growing fragmentation of public service workers from different professions and sectors. We argue that these trends reflect many of the aspects of an advanced or late-stage New Public Governance. This is ripe territory for further research and demonstrates that UK public administration continues to have much to offer to international scholars. It also raises important questions about what forms of public administration might emerge next.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: UK public administration, fragmentation, devolution, decentralisation, new public management, new public governance
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2021 09:04
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 09:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47830

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