Policy consultancy in comparative perspective: Patterns, nuances and implications of the contractor state

Caspar van den Berg, Michael Howlett, Andrea Migone, Michael Howard, Frida Pemer, Helen M. Gunter

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Many Western countries have seen an increase in the volume and importance of external consultants in the public policy process. This book is the first to investigate this phenomenon in a comparative and interdisciplinary way. The analysis shows who these consultants are, how widely and for what reasons they are used in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands and Sweden. In doing so, the book addresses the positive and negative implications of high levels of external policy consultancy, including its implications for the nature of the state (transforming into a contractor state?) and for democratically legitimized and accountable decision-making (transforming into consultocracy?). It provides valuable new insights for students and practitioners in the fields of public administration, public policy, public management, political science and human resource management.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages316
ISBN (Electronic)9781108634724
ISBN (Print)9781108496674
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2019

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