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An idea whose time has come? : modern slavery, multiple streams approach and multi-layer policy implementation (2018)
Journal Article
Gardner, A. (2018). An idea whose time has come? : modern slavery, multiple streams approach and multi-layer policy implementation. Journal of Human Rights Practice, doi:10.1093/jhuman/huy022

This article uses Kingdon’s multiple streams approach to analyse the implementation gap between anti-slavery legislation and front-line practice, with particular reference to emerging challenges in the implementation of the UK’s 2015 Modern Slavery... Read More

Lipstick on a pig?: appreciative inquiry in a context of austerity (2018)
Book Chapter
Gardner, A. (2018). Lipstick on a pig?: appreciative inquiry in a context of austerity. In K. P. Bartles, & J. M. Wittmayer (Eds.), Action research in policy analysis: critical and relational approaches to sustainability transitions, 159-174. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

This chapter reflects on the implications of constructing research which aims to be critical, relational and transformative in organisations under financial pressure due to austerity. It finds that apreciative inquiry can assist in establishing coll... Read More

Big change, little change?: punctuation increments and multi-layer institutional change for English local authorities under austerity (2017)
Journal Article
Gardner, A. (2017). Big change, little change?: punctuation increments and multi-layer institutional change for English local authorities under austerity. Local Government Studies, 43(2), ISSN 0300-3930

This paper draws on new institutionalist theories to consider how we might characterise the process and outcomes of change occurring in English local government as a result of the UK’s austerity policies. It uses national and local empirical data to... Read More

Negotiating austerity and local traditions (2016)
Book Chapter
Gardner, A., & Lowndes, V. (2016). Negotiating austerity and local traditions. In M. Bevir, & R. Rhodes (Eds.), Rethinking governance: ruling, rationalities and resistance, 125-143. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Despite 30% cuts in English local government budgets since 2010, alongside rising demands for services, there has been little outward sign of crisis. On the contrary, political protest has been muted, public satisfaction remains steady and no local... Read More

Local governance under the Conservatives: super-austerity, devolution and the ‘smarter state’ (2016)
Journal Article
Lowndes, V., & Gardner, A. (2016). Local governance under the Conservatives: super-austerity, devolution and the ‘smarter state’. Local Government Studies, 42(3), 357-375. doi:10.1080/03003930.2016.1150837

Through their ambitious devolution programme, the Conservatives show a new assertiveness in relation to restructuring the local state, in contrast to the laissez-faire approach of the previous Coalition government. Although the Coalition piloted devo... Read More