A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?: Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK…

Hardcover | May 7, 2015

byChristopher Hood, Ruth Dixon

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The UK is said to have been one of the most prolific reformers of its public administration. Successive reforms have been accompanied by claims that the changes would make the world a better place by transforming the way government worked. Despite much discussion and debate over governmentmakeovers and reforms, however, there has been remarkably little systematic evaluation of what happened to cost and performance in UK government during the last thirty years. A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? aims to address that gap, offering a unique evaluation of UK government modernization programmes from 1980 to the present day. The book provides a distinctive framework for evaluating long-term performance in government, bringing together the 'workingbetter' and 'costing less' dimensions, and presents detailed primary evidence within that framework.This book explores the implications of their findings for widely held ideas about public management, the questions they present, and their policy implications for a period in which pressures to make government "work better and cost less" are unlikely to go away.

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The UK is said to have been one of the most prolific reformers of its public administration. Successive reforms have been accompanied by claims that the changes would make the world a better place by transforming the way government worked. Despite much discussion and debate over governmentmakeovers and reforms, however, there has been ...

Christopher Hood, is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and was the Gladstone Professor of Government from 2001 to 2014, and Director of the ESRC Public Services research programme from 2004 to 2010. With Andrew Dunsire, he pioneered the development of "bureaumetrics" from the late 1970s and was a leading commentator on the emerge...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:May 7, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199687021

ISBN - 13:9780199687022

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Table of Contents

1. Yesterday's Tomorrows Revisited - the Route to Better and Cheaper Public Services2. The General Background: What Changed and What Didn't in the UK Central Governance Landscape3. Performance Data Breaks: Breaking the Mould and Burying the Evidence4. Did Government Cost Less? Running Costs and Paybill5. Collecting Taxes: Central and Local Government Taxation Compared6. Consistency and Fairness in Administration: Formal Complaints and Legal Challenges7. Comparative Perspectives on Performance8. Government Processes: More Focused and Business-like or Heading into Chaos?9. Not What it Said on the Tin: Assessing Three Decades of ChangeSelect BibliographyOfficial Sources BibliographyAppendix 1. Anonymised List of Interviewees and Focus Group MembersAppendix 2. Index of Volatility: Classification of Discontinuities for Chapter ThreeAppendix 3. Dealing with Discontinuities: Methodology for Chapter FourAppendix 4. Analysis of Legislative Amendments: Methodology for Chapter Eight