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The Tools of Government Christopher Hood

The Tools of Government - Christopher Hood

London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1983, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine. Previous owners' name to the upper wrapper verso.

Includes: Tables; References;

From the cover: “The Tools of Government attempts to provide new answers to the old question ‘What do governments do?’ Christopher Hood steps back from traditional description and presents an original view of government as a ‘tool-using animal’.

He shows that all the basic activities of government can be analysed as the exercise of variants or combinations of a quite limited set of basic instruments or ‘tools’. He distinguishes between ‘detecting’ tools which pick up information and ‘effecting’ tools which act upon a government’s citizens, and demonstrates how each set draws on four key resources: nodality or centrality in an information network; treasure; authority; and organisation. After a discussion of the wide variety of ways in which these tools can be applied, illustrated with examples from a number of countries, the book goes on to consider how their application may be judged, in the light of criteria such as the ideal of using bureaucracy sparingly. A concluding discussion focuses on the limitations of government’s ‘tool box’ and how the use of tools may change over time.”

Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). In the Public Policy and Politics series. 178 pages.
The Tools of Government Christopher Hood