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The politics of quangocide

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  • 1 University of Sheffield, , UK
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This article returns to Christopher Hood’s influential work, The politics of quangocide, to examine the United Kingdom’s coalition government’s approach to public bodies reform since May 2010. It combines theoretical-innovation and fresh empirical research to argue that the coalition has not simply engaged in quangocide, but has adopted a dual-track strategy based upon ‘bureau-shuffling’ and a focus on strengthening internal control rather than outright abolition. This has significant international and comparative relevance due to the manner in which these findings resonate with broader ‘post New Public Management’ narratives of state restructuring.

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