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Paradoxes of Modernization: Unintended Consequences of Public Policy Reform

Helen Margetts, Perri 6, and Christopher Hood

Abstract

This book explores the unintended and unanticipated effects associated with ‘modernization’ projects and tackles the key question that they provoke: Why do policy-makers persist in such enterprises in the face of evidence that they tend to fail? The book first discusses what is meant by ‘modernization’ and ‘unintended consequences’, placing public policy reform within more general intellectual and social trends. It presents eight case study ‘modernization’ projects. Their architects promised faster trains, a more efficient and reactive health service, a more motivated public service, better pe ... More

Keywords: modernization, projects, policy‐makers, unintended consequences, public policy reform, local government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573547.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Margetts, editor
Professor of Society and the Internet, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
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Perri 6, editor
Professor of Social Policy, Graduate School, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Christopher Hood, editor
Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford
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