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Institutional Crisis in 21st Century Britain

David Richards
  • Function : Scientific advisor
Martin A Smith
  • Function : Scientific advisor


In the 21st Century, a 'perfect storm' appears to have engulfed may of Britain's most important institutions'. The list of those it has enveloped is extensive, but headline acts would include - the banking sector for malpractice, Parliament for its expenses scandal, the media for phone-hacking and the police for duplicity and corruption. It raises a fundamental question of whether there is an endemic and fundamental crisis in British political, economic and social institutions or instead simply a set of contingent events that have been discursively constructed and presented as a collective crisis? This volume offer the first major, wholesale consideration of the extent to which a crisis of legitimacy has taken root in Britain's key institutions. It does so by exploring the nature of crisis across a diverse range of institutions, assessing the accuracy of the 'crisis' label and crucially considers whether a set of shared underlying pathologies exist that has led to a point of collective crisis and the need for fundamental renewal. (Publisher's abstract)
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hal-01520220 , version 1 (10-05-2017)



Colin Hay, David Richards, Martin A Smith (Dir.). Institutional Crisis in 21st Century Britain. Colin Hay; David Richards; Martin Smith. Macmillan Publishers, pp.344, 2014, Understanding Governance, 9781137334381. ⟨hal-01520220⟩
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