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The Blunders of our Governments

by Anthony King Ivor Crewe

There are a handful of cock-ups that we remember all too well, from the poll tax to the Millennium Dome. However, the list is longer than most of us realize - and it's growing. With unrivalled political savvy and a keen sense of irony, distinguished political scientists Anthony King and Ivor Crewe open our eyes to the worst government horror stories and explain why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. You will discover why: - The government wasted up to £20 billion pounds in a failed scheme to update London's Underground system. - Tens of thousands of single mothers were left in poverty without financial support from absent fathers. - Tony Blair committed the NHS to the biggest civilian IT project the world has ever seen, despite knowing next to nothing about computing. - The Assets Recovery Agency cost far more to run than it ever clawed back from the proceeds of organised crime. - The Coalition government is at least as blunder-prone as any of its predecessors. Groupthink, constantly rotating ministers and a weak parliament all contribute to wasted billions and illogical policy. But, it doesn't have to be this way. Informed by years of research and interviews with senior cabinet ministers and civil servants, this razor-sharp diagnosis of flawed government is required reading for every UK citizen. With its spirited prescriptions for more fool-proof policymaking, it will prove to be one of the most important political books of the decade.

The Blunders of our Governments

by Anthony King Ivor Crewe

There are a handful of blunders that are remembered all too well by British citizens, from the poll tax to the Millennium Dome. With unrivaled political savvy and a keen sense of irony, distinguished political scientists Anthony King and Ivor Crewe open our eyes to the worst government horror stories and explain why the British political system is so prone to appalling mistakes. Readers will discover why the government wasted up to £20 billion pounds in a failed scheme to update the London's Underground system; why tens of thousands of single mothers were left in poverty without financial support from absent fathers; why Tony Blair committed the NHS to the biggest civilian IT project the world has ever seen, despite knowing next to nothing about computing; and much more. Groupthink, constantly rotating ministers, and a weak parliament all contribute to wasted billions and illogical policy. But it doesn't have to be this way. Informed by years of research and interviews with senior cabinet ministers and civil servants, this razor-sharp diagnosis of flawed government also includes spirited prescriptions for more foolproof policymaking and will prove to be one of the most important political books of the decade.

Britain at the Polls 2005

by John Bartle Anthony King

This is the eighth in a series of volumes analyzing each British general election since February 1974 (excepting 1987) in terms of major social, economic, and political developments prior to the elections, assessment of these developments on the election outcome, and speculation on the future of British politics. The editors present nine chapters reviewing events of Blair's second term, analyzing the developments in the Conservative Party, and considering issues of European Unification, the media, and federalism. Other topics include an analysis of the reasons for Labour's victory, American views of Blair across the political spectrum, and the possibilities for Labour maintaining political hegemony. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The Transformation of Europe'S Armed Forces

by Anthony King

"As a result of new strategic threats, Europe's land forces are currently undergoing a historic transformation which may reflect wider processes of European integration. Europe's mass, mainly conscript armies are being replaced by smaller, more capable, professionalised militaries concentrated into new operational headquarters and rapid reaction brigades, able to plan, command and execute global military interventions. At the same time, these headquarters and brigades are co-operating with each other across national borders at a level which would have been inconceivable in the twentieth century. As a result, a transnational military network is appearing in Europe, the forces in which are converging on common forms of military expertise. This is a groundbreaking study of the military dimensions of European integration, which have been largely ignored until now. It will appeal to scholars across the social sciences interested in the progress of the European project, and the nature of the military today"--

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