Theme: Government & Parliament | Content Type: Book review

Review: For Public Service. State, Office and Ethics, by Paul Gay and Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth

Grahame Thompson


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The perilous state of the ‘public realm’ in many Western liberal polities is clear to see. It has been eroded by over thirty years of intense attack from right-wing and populist political forces that view traditionally understood ‘public service’ as an obstacle to their radical agenda for societal reform and constitutional renewal; one in which ‘the people’ will replace ‘the elite’ as the central agents of political activity.

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  • Grahame Thompson

    Grahame Thompson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Open University.

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Includes a commentary by Colin Crouch on the dark heart of today's Conservative party, an article by Stewart Lansley tracing the history of ‘crowding out’, and its use as a justification for austerity and state deflation; and Tim Vlandas and Kate Alexander-Shaw debating the political economy of age. In our reports and surveys section, Deborah Mabbett asks where next for curbing London's emissions? The issue also includes a selection of book reviews such as Andrew Gamble on The Culture of Accountability: A Democratic Virtue by Gianfranco Pasquino and Riccardo Pelizzo, and Leila Simona Talani on Europe's Coming of Age by Loukas Tsoukalis.

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