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Cultural and political change in 1960s Britain

authority was subject to sweeping critique. This book examines the nature of Labour’s response during the 1964–70 governments led by Harold Wilson. Yet, while a work of history, it views its subject with one eye on the debate that began in the 1990s regarding how parties should react to what was believed to be another period of flux. By establishing how Labour thought and acted during the 1960s, it is hoped this work will put into perspective certain issues currently preoccupying those interested in the viability of representative politics. The purpose of this

in The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1
Chris Duke, Michael Osborne and Bruce Wilson

12 Regions, central government power and policy-making Central policies and vertical authority The engagement of regions with local higher education institutions implies that those responsible for regional administration have the will and ability to choose partnership. The reality of government power however is such that the degrees of freedom to make and sustain collaborative arrangements are often severely limited: circumscribed by attitudes and policies, political and bureaucratic practices that prevent and frustrate. On the other hand central government can

in A new imperative
The Women’s National Commission

184 CASE STUDIES 9 The government of the United Kingdom: the Women’s National Commission1 wendy stokes Introduction There have been two significant stages in the creation of national machineries for women within government in the United Kingdom. The first phase was in the 1960s and 1970s, when anti-discrimination and equal pay legislation was accompanied by the creation of the Equal Opportunities Commissions (EOC) in England, Scotland and Wales, and the UK-wide Women’s National Commission (WNC). The governments of the 1980s and 1990s established a Minister for

in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

Shapely 01 2/8/07 1 01:30 Page 29 Government, local authorities and housing, 1919–87 No history of housing is possible without reference to the policies, finance and legislative framework developed by governments. Although this is a familiar story, it needs revisiting to understand the context in which decisions were made. This legislation underlines two central issues. First, despite increasing central government interference, local government still enjoyed different levels of autonomy. For much of the century, local government interpreted, implemented and

in The politics of housing
Analytical challenges

9780719055157_4_002.qxd 20/3/09 12:06 PM Page 20 2 The Europeanisation of UK central government: analytical challenges Introduction This chapter is designed to provide an analytical basis for our study of how British central government has come to terms with European integration. It rests on two elements which are examined in the chapter: Europeanisation and new institutionalism. Our initial concern is to locate the study in the context of the Europeanisation literature. In doing so, we place the adaptation to the EU of the UK generally, and of Whitehall

in The Europeanisation of Whitehall

6 Law as a technique of Chinese governmentality After the exploration of the lived experiences of the post-illness lives of sick worker groups in various regions of China, what can I say about their desires, aspirations, interests, and beliefs through which they strategize their pursuits for compensation? This chapter argues that the preferred mode of struggle among the three sick worker groups I have identified in previous chapters, namely the carving out of a “sick role” status, rightful resistance, and compromising citizenry, could be considered as a

in Occupational health and social estrangement in China

3 Immigration and the limits of statistical government Camden Town Hall in North London is a popular venue for weddings and civil ceremonies. In November 2013 it was the venue for the marriage of a Miao Guo, a Chinese national in her twenties and Massimo Ciabattini, an Italian man in his thirties, for which elaborate preparations had been made, including a post-service reception and a hotel room for the night. The ceremony was dramatically

in Go home?

The CEA and the government 2 The Cinematograph Exhibitors’ Association and the government A lthough the letters MoI are often, and understandably, used as the starting point when examining the relationship between the cinema and the state in Britain during the Second World War, the MoI was not the only government department to have a direct and intrusive influence on British cinemas.1 The Ministries of Labour, Food, Supply and Home Security, as well as the Board of Trade and the Exchequer, were closely involved in the regulation of British cinema exhibition

in Cinemas and cinemagoing in wartime Britain, 1939–45

Chapter 1 . Consent and the origins of government T he Levellers are often credited with a ground-breaking social contract theory: believing that England’s civil wars and political conflicts had reduced the nation to a state of nature, they devised an entirely new means of reconstituting a polity out of the mass of newly ungoverned individuals. They did this by drawing up an ‘Agreement of the People’, to be subscribed by individuals, setting out the extent and nature of the powers which the people agreed to transmit to their future governors. On this view

in The Levellers
Autonomy, ethnicity and gender in North-East India and Bosnia-Herzegovina

2 Government of peace and resistive subjectivities: autonomy, ethnicity and gender in North-East India and Bosnia-Herzegovina Atig Ghosh and Elena B. Stavrevska Introduction The apparent peace that prevails today is ‘governed’ peace, which does not completely rule out conflicts, but makes a convenient mix of war and peace – convenient to most parties and stakeholders involved in such conflicts. Thus, the predominant mode of conflict governance, advanced not solely by multilateral, but also by unilateral actors, appears to be what some scholars have labelled as

in Cultures of governance and peace