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Controlling Modern Government
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Controlling Modern Government

Variety, Commonality and Change

9781845425913 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Christopher Hood, Emeritus Professor of Government, Department of Politics and International Relations and Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oliver James, Department of Politics, University of Exeter, UK, B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of Government, University of Pittsburgh, US and Colin Scott, Vice-Principal for Research and Innovation, UCD College of Business and Law and Professor of EU Regulation and Governance, UCD School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84542 591 3 Extent: 240 pp
Controlling Modern Government explores the long-term development of controls over government across five major state traditions in developed democracies – US, Japan, variants of continental-European models, a Scandinavian case and variants of the Westminster model.

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Are public sector institutions being exposed to ever-greater oversight, audit and inspection in the name of efficiency, accountability and risk management? Controlling Modern Government explores the long-term development of controls over government across five major state traditions in developed democracies – US, Japan, variants of continental-European models, a Scandinavian case and variants of the Westminster model.

A central aspect of the study is an eight country comparison of variety in the use of controls based in oversight, competition, mutuality and contrived randomness in the selected domains of the high bureaucracy at the core of the state, the higher education sector and the prison sector. Countries covered include Australia, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the USA.

Providing a comparison of trends in the last quarter century in control over public sector activities in OECD countries, this book will be invaluable reading for academics and graduate students focussing on political science and public administration, as well as policymakers in OECD countries.
Critical Acclaim
‘The editors and authors are to be congratulated on a book that is unusually well integrated, filled with interesting findings, and, best of all, theoretically sophisticated and stimulating.’
– Joel D. Aberbach, West European Politics

‘Controlling Modern Government is likely to become a seminal text in the field of control and accountability systems. Christopher Hood and his colleagues have produced a majestic volume that exposes and teases apart the multitude of co-existent control mechanisms that are to be found across time, policy fields and jurisdictions. The outcome is a nuanced understanding of the complexity of modern governance and the importance of state traditions and professional cultures.’
– Matthew Flinders, Public Administration

‘. . . a most disciplined book that spells out what it is going to do then does it well.’
– Malcolm Crompton, Public Administration Today

‘This book sets a new standard for systematic use of comparative information in studies on accountability and control. It is a welcome change from the past tendency in this field to build theoretical mountains on empirical molehills.’
– Charles Polidano, Office of the Prime Minister, Malta
Contributors
Contributors: I. Bleiklie, A. Boin, H.-U. Derlien, K. Hirose, C. Hood, J. Huisman, O. James, P. Laegreid, M. Lodge, N. de Montricher, T. Nishio, B.G. Peters, C. Scott, T. Toonen, F.M. van der Meer, M. Vogel, M.H. Wik
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Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction 1. Controlling Public Services and Government: Towards a Cross-National Perspective Part II: Control over Government in Three Domains 2. Prisons: Varying Oversight and Mutuality, Much Tinkering, Limited Control 3. Higher Education and University Research: Harnessing Competition and Mutuality to Oversight? 4. Higher Civil Servants: Neither Mutuality Implosion nor Oversight Explosion Part III: Conclusions 5. Conclusion: Making Sense of Controls over Government Bibliography Index
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