A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? (inbunden)
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Winner of the 2015 Louis Brownlow Book Award Winner of the 2016 W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize awarded by the Political Studies Association
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Dixon, Ruth
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A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? (inbunden)

A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government

Inbunden Engelska, 2015-04-02
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Written in an accessible style, this book offers an unparalleled insight into the 'modernization' of UK government from 1980 to the present day, and provides a distinctive framework for evaluating long-term performance in government.
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Tom Thatcher, LSE Review of Books 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.

Demetrios Argyriades, City University of New York and Pan Suk Kim, Yonsei University. Governance 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.

Per Laegrid, University of Bergen, 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.

Nancy Roberts, Naval Post-Graduate School, 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.

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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.


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