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

Ian C. Elliott, Karin A. Bottom, Paul Carmichael, Joyce Liddle, Steve Martin, Robert Pyper

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Abstract

This paper analyzes a UK polity that is characterized by fragmentation, differentiation, and decentered 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 has 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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Administration
Early online date17 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • UK public administration
  • fragmentation
  • devolution
  • decentralisation
  • new public management
  • new public governance

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