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A government that worked better and cost less? : evaluating three decades of reform and change in UK central government

Author: Christopher Hood; Ruth Dixon
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hood; Ruth Dixon
ISBN: 9780191766930 0191766933 9780191510663 0191510661
OCLC Number: 910605953
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2015 Louis Brownlow Book Award Winner of the 2016 W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize awarded by the Political Studies Association.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Yesterday's tomorrows revisited --
the route to better and cheaper public services --
The general background : what changed and what didn't in the UK central governance landscape --
Performance data breaks : breaking the mould and burying the evidence --
Did government cost less? : running costs and paybill --
Collecting taxes : central and local government taxation compared --
Consistency and fairness in administration : formal complaints and legal challenges --
Comparative perspectives on performance --
Government processes : more focused and business-like or heading into chaos? --
Not what it said on the tin : assessing three decades of change.
Responsibility: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

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