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A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?


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1: Yesterday's Tomorrows Revisited - the Route to Better and Cheaper Public Services 2: The General Background: What Changed and What Didn't in the UK Central Governance Landscape 3: Performance Data Breaks: Breaking the Mould and Burying the Evidence 4: Did Government Cost Less? Running Costs and Paybill 5: Collecting Taxes: Central and Local Government Taxation Compared 6: Consistency and Fairness in Administration: Formal Complaints and Legal Challenges 7: Comparative Perspectives on Performance 8: Government Processes: More Focused and Business-like or Heading into Chaos? 9: Not What it Said on the Tin: Assessing Three Decades of Change Select Bibliography Official Sources Bibliography Appendix 1. Anonymised List of Interviewees and Focus Group Members Appendix 2. Index of Volatility: Classification of Discontinuities for Chapter Three Appendix 3. Dealing with Discontinuities: Methodology for Chapter Four Appendix 4. Analysis of Legislative Amendments: Methodology for Chapter Eight

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Winner: W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize

About the Author

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 emergence of 'New Public Management' in the 1990s. Dr Ruth Dixon, who comes from a natural science background, has worked at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford since 2006, playing a key role in the ESRC Public Services Research Programme before becoming a Research Fellow working on this project since 2010.


A Government That Worked Better And Cost Less? should be required reading for students of New Public Management. It provides a model of the often frustrating empirical outcomes which result from great theoretical promise. * Tom Thatcher, LSE Review of Books *
it [the book] has accomplished a truly Herculean labor...Rich in statistics and graphs, the book sets out to prove that, contrary to myth, NPM has not produced a government that costs less and works better, quite the opposite, in fact. To back their argument up, the authors of the book have taken pains to explain their methods and approach and how conclusions are reached. * Demetrios Argyriades, City University of New York and Pan Suk Kim, Yonsei University. Governance *
This is an important book. At a time when there is a great need for evidence-based policy,A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? makes a major contribution to our knowledge about the effects of New Public Management (NPM) reforms. * Per Laegrid, University of Bergen, Governance *
This study is notable for the important question it addresses, the methods it devises for dealing with data breaks and discontinuities, the data series it constructs, and the results it produces. * Nancy Roberts, Naval Post-Graduate School, Governance *

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