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By Clive Gray

This publication analyses the politics of the enormous variety of organizations that make up the general public quarter clear of Whitehall and Westminster. It offers with the background, policy-making, and inter-governmental relatives of neighborhood govt, the NHS, quangos and the outposts of significant govt. an incredible introductory textual content for college kids of politics and public management and for an individual concerned about this a part of the executive laptop of england.

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More important than this, however, is the point that these organisations are also noticeably different from those of central government. The image of a distinction between the centre and SNG is confirmed but so too is the distinction between the four 'families' of SNC identified earlier; organisations within these families have more in common with each other than they do with organisations in the other family sets. This is, of course, a generalisation and, as with all generalisations, there are some grey areas where organisations do not fit completely comfortably with others in the same family.

This is most marked in the case of Scotland where its separate legal system underpins a unique configuration of institutions and organisations that are clearly separate from those which exist in the rest of the United Kingdom (Kellas, 1989). This distinctiveness of Scotland can be found in many different areas of life from the education system to patterns of electoral behaviour. In the case of SNG the family groups that exist often have a uniquely Scottish dimension, affecting not only the legislation used by the centre to manage the system but also the universe of public organisations that exist and the pressure groups that attempt to influence them (Midwinter, Keating and Mitchell, 1991 ).

More usually the relationships between the parts of the system are consensual and placid for two major reasons. First, there is a relatively clear demarcation between the functional responsibilities that are assigned to different organisations, which means that there is usually relatively little overlap between the work of one organisation and that of others. This also means that disputes over policy and resources are restricted to a sub-set of organisations and, even in these cases, the need to provide services can generally ensure co-operation rather than conflict.

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