Paradoxes of Modernization : Unintended Consequences of Public Policy Reform Paperback / softback
Edited by Helen (Professor of Society and the Internet, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxf Margetts, Perri (Professor of Social Policy, Graduate School, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, 6, Christopher (Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Hood
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?
Paradoxes of Modernization 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 performing local government, enhanced information for prospective US university students, reduced rates of childmalnutrition in developing countries, and a free, open, safe, interconnected cyberspace for people to conduct their social and political life.
Each case provides a neat story with a paradox that varies the modernization theme and tackles the question: why was the project pursued?
The conclusion categorizes the casesin terms of their outcome, from success to disappointment, and suggests some strategies for a more balanced version of modernization for current and future policy-makers
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 16/02/2012
- Category: Public administration
- ISBN: 9780199639618