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Modernization, Balance, and Variety

Helen Margetts, Perri 6 and Christopher Hood

in Paradoxes of Modernization

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199573547
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722677 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573547.003.0012
Modernization, Balance, and Variety

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This chapter asks three kinds of questions about the risks of unanticipated and unintended consequences arising from modernizing reforms. How do we understand and classify these risks? How should we best explain these outcomes, when they do arise? And can our explanations suggest anything important of a prescriptive character about how policy-makers might work to contain at least some of these risks? It presents a synthesis of what can be learnt from these case studies that might help to develop answers to these questions.

Keywords: modernization; unintended consequences; modernizing reforms; risks

Chapter.  6219 words. 

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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