‘Shackling the Leader?’: Coherence, Capacity and the Hollow Crown

  • R. A. W. Rhodes
Part of the Transforming Government book series (TRGO)


Patrick Weller and Herman Bakvis argue in the introductory chapter that governments struggle for coherence in both the aims and the outcomes of their policies. They strive to make the institutions of government work in harmony. They espouse a set of values which stress coordination, consistency and avoiding duplication and overlap. This statecentric view requires the government to control its own tools and to have consistent policies. But governments also want to have an impact on their society. This sociocentric view focuses on the influence of government on society and its ability to shape that society.


Unintended Consequence Policy Advice Institutional Differentiation Policy Network Parliamentary System 
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© R. A. W. Rhodes 1997

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