In this, the first 'alternative' spending review to be published through the Herbert Simon Institute at the University of Manchester, the editors examine the spending issues and constraints facing public services, and look at how public spending reforms have fared do far.
As Gordon Brown launches the fifth Comprehensive Spending Review since New Labour came to power in 1997, we might ask ourselves why all the debate about priorities and policies has remained firmly under wraps in the Whitehall village. It was, after all, Brown himself who announced that the Comprehensive Spending Review would be carried out through "national debate" rather than the secretive process which has come to decide our national priorities.In this, the first 'alternative' spending review to be published through the Herbert Simon Institute at the University of Manchester, the editors aim to draw back the veil of secrecy and let the real debate on the long-term trends and challenges that will shape the next decade begin.Identifying the reforms and investments needed to meet long-term challenges across government departments, a team of distinguished academics examine the spending issues and constraints facing public services, the policy and delivery challenges across government and look at how public spending reforms have fared so far. A vital source for those wishing to make the spending review process more open, the Alternative Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 is essential reading for anyone interested in public administration and public policy. -- .
List of tables, figures and boxesContributors' detailsForewordAcknowledgementsSection I: The context1.Overview: a milestone for progress, Matt Baker2.Public finances: the constraints, Robert Chote3.Spending Reviews and Public Service Agreements - policy and practice, Colin TalbotSection II: Departmental reviews4. Department for Education and Skills, Alan Dyson5.Department of Health, Kieran Walshe6.Local Government, Carole Johnson7.The Home Office, Stephen Brookes8.Foreign and Commonwealth Office, David Steven9.Department for International Development, Willy McCourt10. Department of Trade and Industry, Francis Chittenden & Ray Oakey11.Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Joe Ravetz12.Department for Work and Pensions, Jay Wiggan13.An effective centre for government - the future of the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, Colin TalbotSection III: Cross-cutting issues14.Towards the next phase of employment policy, Jill Rubery15.Sustainable Development Strategy, Joe Ravetz16.Social enterprise, Rob Paton17.Mind the gap: bridging the gender divide, Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains & Kirstein Rummery18.eGovernment: terminology and scope, Peter Kawalek19.Government regulation and small firms, Francis Chittenden & Tim Ambler20.Using the private sector to finance capital expenditure: the evidence Jean Shaoul21.Choice in public services, Ian Greener & Ann Mahon22.Public sector pay, Damian GrimshawStatistical annex -- .