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Agency termination in the UK: what factors explain the ‘bonfire of the quangos’?

O'Leary, CP (2015) Agency termination in the UK: what factors explain the ‘bonfire of the quangos’? West European Politics, 38 (6). pp. 1327-1344. ISSN 0140-2382

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Abstract

In October 2010, the UK’s Coalition Government announced a radical reduction in the number of public bodies in the UK. This research tests the impact of three factors identified in the termination literature as affecting agency survival: political turnover, age and agency type. The research found that advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies were five times more likely to have been identified for abolition or merger than other agency types. The research also found that agency age was a factor, but that political turnover was not significant.

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