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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, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015 ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Primera ediciónView all editions and formats

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  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hood; Ruth Dixon
ISBN: 9780199687022 0199687021
OCLC Number: 934600894
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: xiv, 229 páginas : ilustraciones, gráficas ; 24 cm
Contents: 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
Responsibility: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.


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