Time, Policy, Management: Governing with the Past

Hardcover | June 19, 2008

byChristopher Pollitt

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In this important new book, Christopher Pollitt, one of the leading researchers in public policy and management, argues that we are guilty of neglecting a fundamental dimension of both the practice and study of contemporary public policymaking and management: that of time. Pollitt traces the character of, and the reasons for, this neglect in his wide-ranging study. He considers the theoretical options for addressing time in a more sophisticated way, and applies these perspectives both to his own research and that of many others. Finally he looks at the implicationsfor practitioners. Pollitt's analysis draws on an exceptionally wide range of work from many fields, sectors, and countries. It is rich in examples, concepts, and methods. It poses fundamental questions about some central tendencies in 21st century policymaking, and opens up a new direction for academicresearch.

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In this important new book, Christopher Pollitt, one of the leading researchers in public policy and management, argues that we are guilty of neglecting a fundamental dimension of both the practice and study of contemporary public policymaking and management: that of time. Pollitt traces the character of, and the reasons for, this negl...

Christopher Pollitt is one of the leading international researchers in the field of public management and policy. Winner of the 2004 Hans Sigrist International Prize for 'outstanding comparative research in the field of governmental reform' he has published many books and articles, and has also acted as an advisor to national governme...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:June 19, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199237727

ISBN - 13:9780199237722

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The End of Time?2. Timeships: Navigating the Past3. History in Action: A Tale of Two Hospitals4. Beyond History?5. A Broader Perspective6. A Toolkit for Time?7. Wider Implications for Governments8. After AllAppendix A. The Brighton-Leuven Project: Change and Continuity in Public Management

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`Most of us know - at least deep inside - that time and timing matter in public policy making and management, but we have been rather bad at reflecting that in our research. Christopher Pollitt tackles the issue head-on, and also confronts the context-light bias in a lot of modernorganisational thinking.'Werner Jann, Professor of Public Management, University of Potsdam