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Implementing the third way: the delivery of public services under the Blair government

Lee, Simon; Woodward, Richard


Dr Simon Lee
Senior Lecturer/ Faculty Ethics Committee

Richard Woodward


This article focuses on the implementation of the Blair governments' agenda for the delivery of public services in England. A distinctive approach to policy is identified which has effectively nationalized the implementation process in England. This has been achieved by a move from negotiated discretion towards centralized prescription in resource allocation by the Treasury; the construction of a 'new centre', for joined-up and integrated policy-making; and the application of the principle of 'earned autonomy' to the delivery of public services' reform. Devolution has been confined to the delegation of responsibility for delivering services within a centrally-defined national framework.


Lee, S., & Woodward, R. (2002). Implementing the third way: the delivery of public services under the Blair government. Public money & management, 22(4), (49-56). doi:10.1111/1467-9302.00329. ISSN 0954-0962

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2002
Publication Date 2002-10
Print ISSN 0954-0962
Electronic ISSN 1467-9302
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 4
Pages 49-56
Keywords General Business, Management and Accounting; Sociology and Political Science; Public Administration
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