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Conclusion

Attenuated Governance and the State

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 April 2020

Ursula Hackett
Affiliation:
Royal Holloway, University of London
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I conclude that the hidden state grows because elites find it useful, strategically, to attenuate their policy designs and communications when their side in America’s foundational struggles is temporarily dethroned by rival ideas and institutions. Policymakers face strategic decisions about the combination of policy design and presentation most conducive to passing and sustaining their policy reforms, decisions with consequences for the shape and scope of the state. By choosing attenuated governance – publicly distancing government from politically contentious purposes – those elites commodify public services and complicate lines of democratic accountability. Understanding the origins, operation, and effects of attenuated governance helps illuminate the contours of state development and the strategies policymakers adopt to deal with its tensions and contradictions.

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America's Voucher Politics
How Elites Learned to Hide the State
, pp. 181 - 200
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Conclusion
  • Ursula Hackett, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Book: America's Voucher Politics
  • Online publication: 20 April 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108868594.009
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  • Conclusion
  • Ursula Hackett, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Book: America's Voucher Politics
  • Online publication: 20 April 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108868594.009
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  • Conclusion
  • Ursula Hackett, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Book: America's Voucher Politics
  • Online publication: 20 April 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108868594.009
Available formats
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