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Collecting Taxes

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 8726 words.

Chapter 5 examines tax collection costs taxes over thirty years (arguably a policy domain with a strong ‘bottom line’ where one might expect a combination of managerialism and the...

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Comparative Perspectives on Performance

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 9671 words.

Chapter 7 compares UK central government cost and performance with other countries in such cross-national benchmarking studies as are available, with English local government (often said to...

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Consistency and Fairness in Administration

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 8690 words.

Chapter 6 considers administrative performance in the sense of indicators of perceived unfairness, inconsistency, or sloppy administration. These indicators were chosen because some critics...

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Did Government Cost Less?

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 8389 words.

Chapter 4 assesses a key element often associated with New Public Management—its capacity to effect cost-cutting in government—by looking at what happened to reported running costs in UK...

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The General Background

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 8870 words.

This background chapter lays out what happened to some of the major features of UK central government over thirty years—for example in features such as the size of the cabinet, the number...

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Government Processes

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 9471 words.

Chapter 8 turns from running costs and consistency and fairness in administration to the machinery or process of government worked over three decades—a feature emphasized by numerous...

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A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Book. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 256 pages.

UK central government is said to have been one of the most prolific reformers of its public administration over the past few decades, a poster-child of ‘New Public Management’. Successive...

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Northern Ireland

Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray.

in The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict

February 2018; p ublished online December 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Comparative Politics; UK Politics. 5021 words.

Women’s activism played an important role in conflict transformation in Northern Ireland, from the early civil rights activists to the development of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition...

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Not What it Said on the Tin

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 9025 words.

Chapter 9 draws conclusions from this analysis of running costs and performance in UK central government over three decades. It returns to the nine possible outcomes that were laid out in...

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Performance Data Breaks

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 9018 words.

This chapter focuses on the data that documents government performance over time, showing that despite the rhetorical emphasis placed on the desirability of evidence-based policy and...

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Yesterday’s Tomorrows Revisited—the Route to Better and Cheaper Public Services

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon.

in A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?

April 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: UK Politics; Comparative Politics. 8299 words.

This introductory chapter briefly reviews the recent history of government modernization efforts with emphasis on the New Public Management, a reform agenda with which the UK is...

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