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The Tools of Government in the Information Age

Christopher Hood

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548453.003.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 The Tools of Government in the Information Age

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This article studies the various tools of government in the Information Age. It identifies the three conventional approaches of the tools of government analysis: conceiving instruments as institutions, focusing on the politics of instrument selection, and cataloguing the tool kit in a more generic way than on the politics of instrument choice. It enumerates the three sets of issues related to the application of conventional analysis to Information-Age tools of government. Finally, the article tries to determine whether the Information Age has radically transformational or dynamic conservatism effects on the way government operates.

Keywords: tools of government; Information Age; conventional approaches; sets of issues; conventional analysis; transformational effects; dynamic conservatism effects

Article.  5838 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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