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This was the way the huge nationalised industries were run before they were returned to the public sector. Since the early 1980s bodies termed SEFRAS (self-¢nancing regulatory agencies) have emerged to inspect, regulate and award licences, aiming to pay their own way by charging fees. Examples include the Medicines Control Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. There are also quangos regulating social life and commerce, aiming to protect citizens from abuses such as commercial exploitation, pollution and racial and sexual discrimination.
Following this major reform the service grew steadily. In 1900 membership stood at around 50,000, but two world wars and a burgeoning welfare state saw it peak at around 751,000 in 1976. However, the era of social democracy with its legitimisation of `big government' saw its end in a resurgence of neo-liberalism, so that by 1997 the workforce stood at around 476,000. The new political climate also saw an increasing casualisation of sta¡, the number rising from 11,100 in 1976 to 19,600 by 1997, while the part-time 22 John Kingdom workforce advanced from 31,100 to 56,100 to compensate the shrinkage of permanent sta¡.
Even so, the reforms did not go far enough for those of a radical bent. An even greater culture shock was to come when Robin Ibbs took over the E¤ciency Unit and produced the 1988 report, `Improving Management in Government: The Next Steps'. This was the report which led to the recasting of the Civil Service as executive agencies. Despite its structural impact the intent in this initiative was essentially managerial (Elcock 1991: 236^42). Once established, the new chief executives (often on ¢xed-term contracts themselves) were given a free rein to introduce a wide range of management practices such as performance-related pay and short-term contracts in the quest for e¤ciency.