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The policy agenda of the British Government, 1945-2008

Peter John talks about his research mapping the policies the British government has been concentrating on since 1945. Using the Queen’s Speech, laws and budgets he shows how the attention of government has shifted, taking into account the crisis in the 1970s, the prosperity of the 2000s and then the economic downturn. He talks about the importance of public opinion and the role of the media.

Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University College London (UCL). He holds a D Phil from the University of Oxford. He is known for his books on public policy. His book with Keith Dowding, Exits, Voices and Social Investment: Citizens’ Reaction to Public Services, is published with Cambridge University Press.