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Understanding and explaining civil service reform: A reply to Dowding and James

Marsh, D., Richards, D. and Smith, M.J. (2004) Understanding and explaining civil service reform: A reply to Dowding and James. British Journal of Political Science, 34 (1). pp. 189-192. ISSN 0007-1234


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Dowding and James's response to our critique of the bureau-shaping model makes some important criticisms that we welcome.(1) However, we suggest that they ignore the empirical evidence we presented in our original article (because of their narrow definition of acceptable data) and we believe that they misunderstand our arguments because of the positivist paradigm within which they operate. Our response covers three main issues – epistemology, methods and evidence.

(1) D. Marsh, D. Richards and M. J. Smith, ‘Bureaucrats, Politicians and Reform in Whitehall: Analysing the Bureau-shaping Model’, British Journal of Political Science, 30 (2000), 461–82.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Politics (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 03:18
Published Version: http://journals.cambridge.org/article_S00071234032...
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0007123403260397
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1535

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