Paradoxes of Modernization: Unintended Consequences of Public Policy Reform

Paperback | March 8, 2012

EditorHelen Margetts, Perri 6, Christopher Hood

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This book explores the unintended and unanticipated effects associated with 'modernization' projects and tackles the key question that they provoke - why do policy-makers persist in such enterprises in the face of evidence that they tend to fail? Paradoxes of Modernization first discusses what is meant by 'modernization' and 'unintended consequences', placing public policy reform within more general intellectual and social trends. It presents eight case study 'modernization' projects. Their architects promised faster trains, a more efficientand reactive health service, a more motivated public service, better performing local government, enhanced information for prospective US university students, reduced rates of child malnutrition in developing countries, and a free, open, safe, interconnected cyberspace for people to conduct theirsocial and political life. Each case provides a neat story with a paradox that varies the modernization theme and tackles the question: why was the project pursued? The conclusion categorizes the cases in terms of their outcome, from success to disappointment, and suggests some strategies for a morebalanced version of modernization for current and future policy-makers

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This book explores the unintended and unanticipated effects associated with 'modernization' projects and tackles the key question that they provoke - why do policy-makers persist in such enterprises in the face of evidence that they tend to fail? Paradoxes of Modernization first discusses what is meant by 'modernization' and 'unintende...

Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and Fellow of Mansfield College, University of Oxford, before which she was Director of the School of Public Policy at UCL. A political scientist specialising in politics and government on the Internet, she has authored and co-authored a wid...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199639612

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Part 1: Understanding Modernization's Paradoxes1. Christopher Hood, Helen Margetts, and Perri 6: Introduction2. Helen Margetts: Modernization Dreams and Public Policy Reform3. Perri 6: When Forethought and Outturn Part: Types of Unanticipated and Unintended ConsequencesPart 2: Societal Innovations4. H. George Frederickson and Edmund C. Stazyk: Ranking of U.S. Public Affairs Educational Programs: Searching for Quality, Finding Equilibrium5. Jeanette Hofmann: Et in Arcadia Ego: From Techno-Utopia to Cybercrime6. Yorick Wilks: Happy Surprises? The Development of the World Wide Web and the Semantic WebPart 3: State-Centred Reforms7. Devi Sridhar: Addressing Under-nutrition in India: Do 'Rational' Approaches Work?8. Justin Keen: Integration at any Price: The Case of the NHS National Programme for Information Technology9. Timothy Leunig: Post-world War II British Railways: The Unintended Consequences of Insufficient Government InterventionPart 4: Modernization of the State10. David Marsden: The Paradox of Performance-related Pay Systems: Why Do We Keep Adopting Them in the Face of Evidence That They Fail to Motivate?11. George Boyne, Oliver James, Peter John, and Nicolai Petrovsky: What if Public Management Reform Actually Works? The Paradoxical Success of Performance Management in English Local GovernmentPart 5: Conclusion12. Helen Margetts, Perri 6, and Christopher Hood: Modernization, Balance, and Variety