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Title: Debate: What is complex government and what can we do about it?
Author(s): Cairney, Paul
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Issue Date: Jan-2015
Date Deposited: 12-Mar-2015
Citation: Cairney P (2015) Debate: What is complex government and what can we do about it?. Public Money and Management, 35 (1), pp. 3-6.
Abstract: ‘Complex government' relates to many factors: the size and multi-level nature of government; the proliferation of rules, regulations and public bodies; a crowded arena with blurry boundaries between policy-makers and the actors who influence them; and general uncertainty when people interact in unpredictable ways within a changeable policy environment. Complex government is difficult to understand, control, influence and hold to account. This article considers it from various perspectives: scholars trying to conceptualize it; policy-makers trying to control or adapt to it; and scientists, interest groups and individuals trying to influence it
DOI Link: 10.1080/09540962.2015.986858
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