ESRC Project Outputs

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Selected Conferences, workshops and forums

1.December 2012:  Christopher Hood presented a paper on the 1970s as part of a series of presentations    requested by the Treasury on past fiscal crisis and organized by the journal History and Policy.

2. January 2013: Christopher Hood presented a paper to the Policy Review group on ‘Governing in Austerity’

3. 2013 Christopher Hood gave a presentation in a training session  at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in Strasbourg on the comparative analysis of fiscal squeeze episodes

4. March 2013 Rozana Himaz and Christopher Hood presented at the Political Science Association International Conference in Cardiff 25-27 March, a paper titled   ‘Can you end the party without tears?  The electoral effects of fiscal squeeze’.

5. November 2013  Christopher Hood presented at RSA, Collaborate and ESRC event Paying for public Services to an audience of think-tank and policy-professional on over-time changes in the composition of public spending and its implications for future policy.

6. July 2013: When the Party's Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective. A key comparative conference for the ESRC project was convened by Christopher Hood and David Heald and held at the British Academy on 9-10 July 2013. In this conference, nine international cases of fiscal squeeze were compared. Rozana Himaz presented "Comparing Fiscal Squeezes Across Nine Country Cases", one of the two papers that she co-authored with Christopher Hood (the other being an analysis of the "Geddes Axe" cuts in the UK in the 1920s) and also took part in the final panel discussion chaired by Lord O'Donnell. All of the conference papers can be downloaded here, and some of the Tweets from #fiscalsqueeze are "Storified" here. A conference report by Rozana Himaz is on the Politics In Spires blog.

7. March 2014 Christopher Hood delivered a lecture at the University of Lancaster on Blame and Fiscal Squeeze  

8. September 2014 Christopher Hood presented at the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government conference on Shared Services

9. November 2014 Christopher Hood responded to a presentation by Ray Shostak at Oxford University Department of Education event on the use of research in policy-making  

10. November 2014 Christopher Hood was lead speaker at the  Annual Conference of the Portugese ESAP (Entidade de Servicos Partilhados da Administracao Publica, the Portuguese central agency for public service management), titled Inovar com Valor. The presentation was on different approaches to managing running costs in government, delivered to an audience of around 1200 policy practitioners, mostly from the Portuguese civil service

11. January 2015 Christopher Hood presented at the Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management (DFO) Annual Conference on Cost Control and Innovation

12. February 2015: British Academy Forum on the Future of Fiscal Squeeze.  A high profile conference chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern involving leading academics, policy makers and practioners discussing results from the project and the implications of the findings for the future of fiscal squeeze.  See blogpost The future of fiscal squeeze: More of the same

13. April 2015 Seminar on Data Breaks and Performance Indicators, accompanied by a 4-page policy briefing written by Ruth Dixon and Christopher Hood on data breaks and how they should be handled ('How Data Churn Destroys Evidence about Public Service Performance and What Can be Done about it')

14. June 2015: Christopher Hood and Rozana Himaz have been invited to present at a forum on The definition and measurement of austerity policies for the project ‘The consequences of the politics of austerity in the European Union’  led by Prof Andrew Gamble, Dr Helen Thompson and Dr Pieter van Houten, funded from the Philomathia Programme of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Cambridge.

 

Publications

1. Lodge. M and C. Hood (2012)Into an Age of Multiple Austerities? Public Management and Public Service Bargains across OECD Countries,Governance, 25(1) 79-101.

2. Hood. C (2013) 'Reflections on Public Service Reform in a Cold Fiscal Climate. in S. Griffith,  H. Kippin and G. Stoker (eds.) in Public Services: A New Reform Agenda, Bloomsbury, London: 215-229.

3. Hood.  C., D. Heald and R. Himaz eds. (2014) When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, Oxford University Press Reviewed in Public Administration Review (DOI:10.1111/puar.12341); Governance (DOI: 10.1111/gove.12144); currently  being reviewed for Economic History Review and Economic and Political Weekly (a leading Indian social science journal)

4. Hood.  C., and D. Heald (2014), 'The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze' in C. Hood, D.Heald and R. Himaz (eds.) When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 1 

5. Himaz, R., and C. Hood (2014) 'Comparing Fiscal Squeezes Across Nine Country Cases' in C. Hood, D.Heald and R. Himaz (eds.) When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, Oxford University Press, chpater 2

6. Hood.  C., and R. Himaz (2014) 'The UK Geddes Axe of the 1920s in Perspective' in C. Hood, D.Heald and R. Himaz (eds.) When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 4

7. Heald.  C., Himaz, R  and C. Hood (2014) 'Politics In and after Fiscal Squeeze', in C. Hood, D. Heald and R. Himaz (eds.) When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 12

8. Hood, C and R. Dixon (2015), A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government,  Oxford University Press. Hood-and-Dixon---Email-Signature-Banner

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In November 2015, this book was awarded the US National Academy of Public Administration's prestigious Louis Brownlow Book Award for 2015.

9. C. Hood and R.Dixon, Commentary in Governance entitled 'What We Have to Show For 30 Years of New Public Management: Higher Costs, More Complaints'.

10. R. Dixon and C. Hood, briefing paper on the quality of official data entitled ‘How Data Churn Destroys Evidence about Public Service Performance and What Can be Done about It’.

 

Work in Progress

 Hood, H and R. Himaz,  A Century of Fiscal Squeeze Politics: 100 Years of Austerity, Politics and Bureaucracy in Britain, manuscript in preparation. This book manuscript looks at 13 fiscal squeeze episodes in the UK over 100 years and draws out differences in  the politics of fiscal squeeze today from what it was a century ago, at the prompts,  processes,  composition and time patterns of the squeezes.  It also asks when, if ever,  fiscal squeeze dramatically reshapes the state and lead to new ways of organizing government or providing services and how political credit and blame play out in the aftermath of fiscal squeezes, and its winners and losers. 

Himaz, R and C. Hood,   Can you end the party without tears?  The electoral effects of fiscal squeeze,  journal article in preparation

 

Blogs

February 2014: Christopher Hood's and Rozana Himaz's blog post on previous fiscal cutbacks Osborne’s proposed spending cuts after 2015 would be unusual – but not unprecedented 

October 2014:  Christopher Hood, David Heald and Rozana Himaz's blog post on The next fiscal squeeze based on their edited volume When the Party’s Over 

January 2015 Christopher Hood and Rozana Himaz blog post The future of fiscal squeeze: More of the same?

December 2016: Christopher Hood and Rozana Himaz blog post How does austerity look in retrospect? The UK’s recent fiscal squeeze in historical perspective