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The Art of the State: Culture, Rhetoric, and Public Management

Christopher Hood


Why does public management—the art of the state—so often go wrong, producing failure and fiasco instead of public service, and what are the different ways in which control or regulation can be applied to government? Why do we find contradictory recipes for the improvement of public services, and are the forces of modernity set to produce worldwide convergence in ways of organizing government? This study aims to explore such questions, which are central to debates over public management. It combines contemporary and historical experience, and employs grid/group cultural theory as an organizing ... More

Keywords: contemporary public management, cultural theory, culture of public management, forces of modernity, government control, government organization, government regulation, grid cultural theory, group cultural theory, history of public management, public management, public services, public services organization, rhetoric of public management, state of the art of the state, worldwide convergence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198297653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hood, author
London School of Economics and Political Science
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