Michael Barber - Author

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Sir Michael Barber is the co-founder of Delivery Associates and Chief Education Advisor at Pearson. Over the last two decades he has worked on government and public service reform in more than 50 countries. From 2001 to 2005 he was the first Head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the UK. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Doctor of several universities including the University of Exeter. His previous books include Instruction to Deliver: Fighting to Transform Britain's Public Services.

Featured books by Michael Barber

How to Run A Government So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

How to Run A Government So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

Author: Michael Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

The secrets of successful government from Michael Barber, one of the world's leading experts on carrying out lasting improvements in public life. Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Political leaders struggle to honour their promises and officials find it near impossible to translate ideas into action. The result? High taxes, but poor outcomes. Cynicism not just with government but with the political process. Why is this? How could this vicious spiral be reversed? In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of experience of working for and with government leaders the world over to present a blueprint for how to run a government. Using contemporary cases from every continent and classic examples from history, he makes a compelling case for a new approach. From Downing Street to Punjab, Charles I to Churchill, this book shows that the solution is less about ideology and more about clear priorities and meticulous planning. Praise for Instruction to Deliver: Wonderful . (Bill Bryson). One of the best books written on British government for many years . (Vernon Bogdanor, Financial Times). Sir Michael Barber is the co-founder of Delivery Associates and Chief Education Advisor at Pearson. Over the last two decades he has worked on government and public service reform in more than 50 countries. From 2001 to 2005 he was the first Head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the UK. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Doctor of several universities including the University of Exeter. His previous books include Instruction to Deliver: Fighting to Transform Britain's Public Services.

Other books by Michael Barber

Religion and Humor as Emancipating Provinces of Meaning

Religion and Humor as Emancipating Provinces of Meaning

Author: Michael Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/08/2017

This book illustrates how non-pragmatic finite provinces of meaning emancipate one from pragmatic everyday pressures. Barber portrays everyday life originally, as including the interplay between intrinsic and imposed relevances, the unavoidable pursuit of pragmatic mastery, and the resulting tensions non-pragmatic provinces can relieve. But individuals and groups also inevitably resort to meta-level strategies of hyper-mastery to protect set ways of satisfying lower-level relevances-strategies that easily augment individual anxiety and social pathologies. After creatively interpreting the Schutzian dialectic between the world of working and non-pragmatic provinces, Barber describes the experience of reality in the finite provinces of religion and humor. Schutz, who only mentioned these provinces, laid out the six features of the cognitive style that characterize any finite province of meaning. This book is the first to follow up on these suggestions and depict two new finite provinces of meaning beyond those in On Multiple Realities. While entrance into these provinces reduces everyday life tensions, it does not suffice since pragmatic relevances infiltrate the provinces, as when one uses humor to belittle competing cultural groups or one deploys religion only as an instrument to ensure crop productivity. Instead, liberation from anxieties and pathologies is brought to completion when the ego agens, the 0-point of all its coordinates, discovers its value in relation to the transcendent, even if it fails to realize its pragmatic purposes, or when one becomes comical to oneself through the eyes of another different from oneself. This book, aimed at advanced undergraduate, graduate, or scholarly audiences, presents stimulating analyses of the religious appresentative mindset or of the healing potential of interracial humor. Drawing heavily on interdisciplinary resources, the book also illustrates the relevance of phenomenological methods and concepts for concrete human experience. Barber offers a fresh understanding of pragmatic everyday life, original descriptions of the religious and humorous provinces of meaning, and a picture of how the overarching intentional stances of meaning-provinces, along with exposure to another perspective, can diminish the pressures everyday life engenders.

The Interrelation of Phenomenology, Social Sciences and the Arts

The Interrelation of Phenomenology, Social Sciences and the Arts

Author: Michael Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2016

This book features papers written by renowned international scholars that analyze the interdependence of art, phenomenology, and social science. The papers show how the analysis of the production as well as the perception and interpretation of art work needs to take into consideration the subjective viewpoint of the artist in addition to that of the interpreter. Phenomenology allows a description of the subjectively centered life-world of the individual actor-artist or interpreter-and the objective structures of literature, music, and the aesthetic domain in general. The perspective of social science serves to reconstruct the socio-historical structure involved in the creation and reception of the art work. The authors concentrate on this specific theoretical focus which combines both phenomenology and social science and offers an innovative framework for the analysis of works of art from the fields of literature, music, visual arts, photography, and film. Some of the contributions present creative interpretations of a variety of distinct art works in addition to the realization of theoretical reflections on the interdependence of arts, phenomenology, and social science. This book features papers that were presented at the international and interdisciplinary conference Phenomenology, Social Sciences, and the Arts, held at the University of Konstanz, May 2009, in commemoration of philosopher and social scientist Alfred Schutz, the developer of phenomenologically oriented sociology. It will appeal to researchers, scholars, and students in phenomenology, social sciences, art theory, and the arts.

How to Run A Government So that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

How to Run A Government So that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

Author: Michael Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/03/2016

Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Why is this? And what can we do about it? In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of international experience advising political leaders, to show how those in power can make good on their promises. 'Refreshingly ruthless ... has an uplifting brio to it' Economist 'Michael Barber is a source of inspiration and wisdom' Andrew Adonis, New Statesman 'Excellent ... there is a lot of common sense and practical wisdom ... a breath of fresh air' David Willetts,Standpoint 'Barber is the global overlord of public policy ... a record around the world of actually achieving change' Philip Collins, Prospect

Deliverology in Practice How Education Leaders Are Improving Student Outcomes

Deliverology in Practice How Education Leaders Are Improving Student Outcomes

Author: Michael Barber, Nickolas C. Rodriguez, Ellyn Artis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2015

The follow up book to Deliverology 101, this book provides much needed support for educational leaders to reach student achievement targets that culminate in improving the college and career readiness of their high school graduates and ensuring their success in post-secondary education. Deliverology 101 laid out the case for change and theory of change promised by the deliverology methodology. Deliverology in Practice builds on this foundation by examining how this theory of change has played out in multiple education systems over the course of the last few years.

The Interrelation of Phenomenology, Social Sciences and the Arts

The Interrelation of Phenomenology, Social Sciences and the Arts

Author: Michael Barber Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2013

This book features papers written by renowned international scholars that analyze the interdependence of art, phenomenology, and social science. The papers show how the analysis of the production as well as the perception and interpretation of art work needs to take into consideration the subjective viewpoint of the artist in addition to that of the interpreter. Phenomenology allows a description of the subjectively centered life-world of the individual actor-artist or interpreter-and the objective structures of literature, music, and the aesthetic domain in general. The perspective of social science serves to reconstruct the socio-historical structure involved in the creation and reception of the art work. The authors concentrate on this specific theoretical focus which combines both phenomenology and social science and offers an innovative framework for the analysis of works of art from the fields of literature, music, visual arts, photography, and film. Some of the contributions present creative interpretations of a variety of distinct art works in addition to the realization of theoretical reflections on the interdependence of arts, phenomenology, and social science. This book features papers that were presented at the international and interdisciplinary conference Phenomenology, Social Sciences, and the Arts, held at the University of Konstanz, May 2009, in commemoration of philosopher and social scientist Alfred Schutz, the developer of phenomenologically oriented sociology. It will appeal to researchers, scholars, and students in phenomenology, social sciences, art theory, and the arts.

Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh

Author: Michael Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2013

Deliverology 101 A Field Guide For Educational Leaders

Deliverology 101 A Field Guide For Educational Leaders

Author: Michael Barber, Andy Moffit, Paul Kihn Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/12/2010

'Michael Barber's pioneering work as head of my Delivery Unit helped ensure real progress, not just with our education reforms, but with healthcare and policing too. It attracted worldwide attention. This guide distils the wisdom he gained at that time and has refined since. I strongly recommend it.' - Tony Blair, Former UK Prime Minister 1997-2007 A step-by-step approach to delivering results Michael Barber, former chief advisor on delivery to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and his colleagues Andy Moffit and Paul Kihn thoroughly describe Barber's proven reform delivery processes in this practical field guide. The timing is ideal, as Barack Obama's administration prioritizes education reform. Citing education reform case studies from more than 20 countries, the authors assert that most previous reforms were unsuccessful due to failed implementation. This book focuses on how to accomplish meaningful results, including: - Significant and ongoing education reform - Excellence and equity across public education The authors illustrate a field-tested program that ensures reform is achieved in the most profound sense, with students able to see, feel, and reap the benefits of a high-quality education. It is based not only on the experience of the Blair administration but also on case studies of successful implementation of reform in the U.S. and elsewhere. Listen as Barber describes the importance of the book:

Instruction to Deliver Fighting to Transform Britain's Public Services

Instruction to Deliver Fighting to Transform Britain's Public Services

Author: Michael Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2008

With fascinating inside and personal accounts of Blair, Brown, key cabinet members and top civil servants, this title reveals how real progress was made on 17 key targets in public services from 2001 to 2005.

Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell

Author: Michael Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/10/2005

The first full-length biography of Anthony Powell, publisher, journalist, man-about-town, and author of the Dance to the Music of Time sequence now available in paperback. In the first full-length biography of Anthony Powell, publisher, journalist, man-about-town, and author of the Dance to the Music of Time sequence, Michael Barber takes a close look at the man and the writer. He finds someone whose temperament was often at war with his upbringing. The son of an army officer, educated at Eton and Balliol, Powell chose as his closest friends people like Malcolm Muggeridge and the composer, Constant Lambert, who were not out of the top drawer or the one below it. And although happily married for over sixty years to Lady Violet Pakenham, the daughter of an Earl, he admitted that he had 'always been attracted by girls who looked as if they'd slept under a bush for a week.' Powell believed that creative writing was, like alchemy, a mysterious, indefinable process by which experience became art. Michael Barber focuses on the experience that provided Powell with his raw material. He pays particular attention to the 'entre-deux-guerres', that sharply divided cultural interlude when the artists and good-timers with whom Powell identified in the twenties were followed, in the thirties, by the politicians and the prigs. Amusing, candid, and highly entertaining, this is a delightfully readable account of one of the most humorous writers of the twentieth century.

The Captain Simon Raven

The Captain Simon Raven

Author: Michael Barber Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2001

Simon Raven once described himself as too intelligent not to be a rotter , precisely the sort of quip that has made him a thorn in the side of the establishment. Expelled from school, he withdrew from Cambridge and was lucky not to be drummed out of his regiment for conduct unbecoming . Kind friends proffered whiskey and revolver, but like Evelyn Waugh's Captain Grimes, he declined to do the decent thing. Instead he pulled himself together and became a writer, the one profession from which no degree whatever of moral or social disgrace could debar him. From these inauspicious beginnings he has developed into one of Britain's most successful writers, with over 20 novels to his credit, many short stories and pieces of journalism, and television screenplays such as Edward and Mrs. Simpson and the Palliser novels. In this authorized biography Michael Barber draws on three sources to present his portrait of the artist: Raven's friends, his writings, and, most vivid of all, his conversation - pungent, pithy and politically-incorrect.

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