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

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

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Has government and the political process ever been as unpopular as it is today? The financial crisis has revealed that government is definitely not on the side of everyman and woman. Now, one of the world’s leading experts on the art of governance, Michael Barber, looks at how political systems can be improved.

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

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.

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Michael Barber is a source of inspiration and wisdom -- Andrew Adonis New Statesman Sir Michael Barber is the man who can unlock the secrets of turning promises into action -- John Rentoul Independent [Barber's] advice can be refreshingly ruthless ... this account of a potentially dry subject has an uplifting brio to it Economist More fun to read than a book on the reform of the welfare system in Michigan has any right to be ... Barber is the global overlord of public policy -- Philip Collins Prospect


About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

12th March 2015

Author

Michael Barber

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Publisher

Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Public administration
Central government
Political science & theory

ISBN

9780241004975

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