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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263334

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263334.001.0001

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The Idea of Joined-Up Government: A Historical Perspective

The Idea of Joined-Up Government: A Historical Perspective

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Joined-Up Government

Christopher Hood

British Academy

Joined-up government is a new term coined in the 1990s for an old administrative doctrine called ‘coordination’. In a general sense, coordination in the old administrative doctrine suggests that all of the parts of the executive government should be interconnected and complementary to one another. The aim of coordination in the government is to be able to present a single face to the people and to operate as a single unit on multiple yet interrelated problems. Historically, the idea and concept of government coordination is hard to trace as it is a nebulous one. It appears in several disciplinary literatures and spans many institutional and social domains. This chapter does not offer a historical outline of the term ‘joined-up term’ or of broader coordination doctrines in the government, rather it presents questions from a comparative-historical questions. The first question examines old and new aspects of the Blair New Labour doctrine of joined-up government. The second query tackles from an historical perspective some of the principal means that have been advanced for the linking of the parts of the executive government. The last question addresses the counter-doctrines to the idea of joined-up government.

Keywords:   joined-up government, old administrative doctrine, coordination, government, Tony Blair, New Labour, counter-doctrines, linking

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