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The Case of the Pawson Company; a hypothetical. The idea of using a hypothetical case-study as the basis for a discussion of open government is that it permits decision-makers to "think out l...oud" in a more candid way than is possible if an actual case is used. Taking the case of a private sector company that has come to government in financial difficulties (and which is not subject to various alternative "rescue" schemes) the programme investigates how the government presents the issue to Parliament and the public, and what influence the need for public accountability may have on the nature of the policymaking process. The discussion was recorded in the conference room of a hotel outside London.
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Module code and title: D336, "Policies, people and administration"
Item code: D336; 08
First transmission date: 13-09-1980
Published: 1980
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Duration: 00:24:25
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Producer: Susan Boyd-Bowman
Contributors: Roy Hattersley; Eric Heffer; Peter Jenkins; Sir Leo Pliatsky; Christopher Pollitt; Brian Sedgemore; Maurice Wright
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Administration; Decision making; Politics
Master spool number: 6HT/73506
Production number: FOUD133D
Videofinder number: 285
Available to public: no