The Art of the State: Culture, Rhetoric, and Public Management by Christopher Hood

The Art of the State: Culture, Rhetoric, and Public Management

byChristopher Hood

Paperback | February 3, 2000

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Why does public management-the art of the state-so often go wrong, producing failure and fiasco instead of public service? What are the different ways in which control or regulation can be applied to government? Why do we find contradictory recipes for the improvement of public services? Arethe forces of modernity set to produce worldwide convergence in ways of organizing government? This important new study aims to explore such questions, central to current debates over public management. Combining contemporary and historical experience, it employs grid/group cultural theory as anorganizing frame and method of exploration. Using examples from different places and eras, the study seeks to identify the recurring variety of ideas about how to organize public services. And contrary to widespread claims that modernization will bring a new global uniformity, it argues thatvariety is unlikely to disappear from doctrine and practice in public management.

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Christopher Hood is at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Title:The Art of the State: Culture, Rhetoric, and Public ManagementFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 3, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297653

ISBN - 13:9780198297659

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Table of Contents

Part I. INTRODUCTORY1. Public Management: Seven Propostions2. Calamity, Conspiracy, and Chaos in Public Management3. Control and Regulation in Public ManagementPart II. CLASSIC AND RECURRING IDEAS IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT4. Doing Public Management the Hierarchist Way5. Doing Public Management the Individualist Way6. Doing Public Management the Egalitarian Way7. Doing Public Management the Fatalist Way?Part III. RHETORIC, MODERNITY, AND SCIENCE IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT8. Public Management, Rhetoric, and Culture9. Contemporary Public Management: A New Global Paradigm?10. Taking Stock: The State of the Art of the State

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"The book stands in the tradition of Hood's other work - intellectually virtuosic, speculative in argument, and lifting itself above the detail it addresses." Richard Parry, University of Edinburgh, Journal of Social Policy, May 2000