Understanding Big Government: The Programme Approach (Sponsored by ECPR)

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What grows when government grows? Why? What are the consequences for effectiveness and consent? Richard Rose answers these questions clearly and succinctly. The programme approach relates what government is, a set of organizations, to what these institutions do, namely, mobilize laws, money and employees to produce public programmes. The programmes are concerned with such varied things as education, health, pensions, economic development, law and order and national defence.

There is a wealth of ideas and data about which governments are biggest, comparing America, Britain, Continental European and Scandinavian countries; when governments grow, comparing the affluent 1960s with the difficult 1970s and the uncertain 1980s; an

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`Rose′s work should be required reading for those on university courses on public policy and for any administrator or politician contemplating reforms in the machinery of government.′ -- British Book News, June 1984

`...the subject of the book demonstrates once more this academic′s willingness to tackle the major issues of the day...Like all Rose′s books this volume is written in an easy style, the statistics are up-to-date, and the use of comparative material is impressive...an instalment in a continuing study of the phenomenon of the growth of government in Western liberal democracies, Rose′s book has the virtue of topicality.′ -- Political Studies, Vol 32 No 4, 1984

`The book provides an interesting overview for identifying the major trends and problems of modern Western welfare states in the postwar period.′ -- Organization Studies, Vol 6 No 2 1985

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