Policy-making in British government
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This chapter deals with the issue of policy-making in British government, and presents the various models of policy-making such as the Westminster model, the ruling-class model, pluralism, corporatism, and the party government model. Jennifer Lees-Marshment reckons parties design their messages for their 'markets' and refashion them when they prove inappropriate. The chapter highlights the three stages of policy cycle, namely initiation, formulation and implementation, with the consequences of the measure then feeding back to influence future inputs. It reviews the various constraints upon the policy-makers such as finance, time, and political support. Ensuring that the people are delivered prosperity is the sine qua non of democratic government, so this area of policy is the most important. Policy has to overcome the disadvantages Britain suffers economically.

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