The Drive to Modernize

Christopher Hood, Helen Margetts and Perri 6

in Paradoxes of Modernization

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199573547
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722677 | DOI:
The Drive to Modernize

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This chapter begins by presenting the rationale behind the writing of this book. It then discusses the meanings of ‘modern’, ‘modernity’, ‘modernization’, and ‘modernism’; the notion of unintended effects of human action, and the lessons that can we can learn from examining paradoxes of modernization in public services.

Keywords: modern; modernity; modernization; modernism; unintended effects; human action; paradoxes; public services

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Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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