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Tools of Government in the Digital Age

ISBN-10: 0230001440

ISBN-13: 9780230001442

Edition: 2nd 2007

Authors: Christopher C. Hood, Helen Z. Margetts, Christopher C. Hood, Helen Z. Margetts

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Description:

The 'tools-based approach' has become increasingly influential in understanding the nature and activity of government since the publication in 1983 of Christopher Hood's classic text The Tools of Government. This new text provides a systematic update of its arguments and assesses their relevance in the twenty-first century using a wide range of examples from around the world.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.66" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Exploring Government's Toolshed
Government as a toolkit
Pay-offs of the 'toolkit perspective'
The focus and limits of the book
Where do we go from here?
Nodality
Detecting with nodality: nodal receivers
Effecting with nodality
The toolset in context
Conclusion
Authority
Detecting tools based on authority: requisitions
Effecting with authority: tokens of authority
The toolset in context
Conclusion
Treasure
Detecting with treasure: rewards
Effecting with treasure: from customized to open payments
The toolset in context
Organization
Detecting with organization: ergonomic detectors
Effecting with organization: direct action or treatment
The toolset in context
Comparing the Tools of Government
Government tools or tools of government?
Tools of which government?
Inside government: comparing government agencies
Retooling: change over time
The measurability of the toolkit approach
Conclusion
Evaluating Government's Toolkit
Appraising government's use of tools: intelligent policy design
Reviewing alternatives: a rational choice?
Matching the tool to the job
Economizing on bureaucracy
A moral dimension?
Conclusion
Alternative Approaches to the Tools of Government
The institutions-as-tools approach: the tools of government as forms of organization
The politics-of-instrument-choice approach
Generic institution-free typologies of tools
The three approaches compared: a phoney war?
How the tools analysis of this book relates to other generic institution-free analyses of public policy instruments
The challenge of digital-age technology for the analysis of public policy instruments
Conclusion
Looking Ahead: The Tools of Government in the Digital Age
The future as an extrapolation of the past: a new world of cyber-detection, group-targeting and variable nodality
Same tools, different governments
Sharpening government's tools?
References
Index