Robert Peston blogs here about a document leaked from the UK government (authored by DeAnne Julius, commissioned by John Hutton) in which it is said that the outsourcing of public services is not bad but good because it has created a fantastic industry with great export expectations. Preston is right in being sarcastic about this. But one optimistic note could be added, however. The scholarly conundrum on the difficulties of inquiring about the nature and limits of that enigmatic entity that we call “the state” can now be dropped altogether — and replaced with a syllabus on international trade and corporate strategy.


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