News

December 2016: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon won the W.J.M. Mackenzie book prize from the Political Studies Association. Photos here. They also wrote an article on government costs (updating one of the themes of the book) to accompany the announcement of the award. As well as the PSA itself, Sage, and OUP also covered the awards.

February 2016: The award of the Louis Brownlow Book Award was noted in Oxford University's staff magazine Blueprint (page 6).

December 2015: Christopher Hood visited Washington D. C. to receive the 2015 Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Christopher gave a plenary talk at NAPA's Fall meeting, at which he was presented with the award.

Further reviews of Hood & Dixon: An interview with Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon by Julián López Murcia entitled "The UK: A Critical Case" appeared on the OxPol blog in December 2015. Three reviews by Per Lægreid, Nancy Roberts and Demetrios Argyriades and Pan Suk Kim were published in Governance in January 2016.

November 2015: The US National Academy of Public Administration announced that Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon's book, A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government was awarded the prestigious Louis Brownlow Book Award for 2015. From the press release; 'The Brownlow Award is the top book prize in the field of public administration. The award committee honored Hood and Dixon’s book “for its comprehensive study of reform, cost and performance.”'

June-Nov 2015:'A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?'  was reviewed by Austin Mitchell in Civil Service World, by Tom Thatcher on the LSE Review of Books Blog, and by Michael Moran for Public Administration.

From the reviews: "a full but complicated analysis of every possible measurement" (Mitchell); "a comprehensive and coherent analysis" (Thatcher); "a brilliant, highly original book" (Moran). (Read the whole reviews for a more nuanced view!)

June 2015: 'The Evidence Paradox', an article by Ruth Dixon, Tony Travers and Christopher Hood on how goverment systematically destroys performance evidence, was published on the Politics In Spires and the LSE Politics and Policy blogs.

June 2015: Ruth Dixon and Christopher Hood presented their work on the quality of legislation to the Oxford Public Law Discussion Group.

June 2015: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon's work on Judicial Review case numbers featured in a Reuters Institute Report 'Making Research Useful: Current Challenges and Good Practices in Data Visualisation.'

May 2015: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon's book, 'A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?' was the topic of an article in the Guardian by David Walker on 27 May 2015, entitled 'Outsourcing can often increase public service costs, not cut them.'

May 2015: Ruth Dixon's post 'Numbers that matter: Party leader satisfaction ratings and election outcomes' was published on the Politics in Spires blog. It was also published on the LSE GE2105 blog, and featured in the Nuffield College May 2015 compilation of British political publications.

May 2015: Ruth Dixon was invited to speak at an international seminar on 'Accountability and Governance in Education and Elsewhere' organized by OSC-Sciences Po, Paris. The title of her talk was 'The Paradoxical Efficacy of International Educational Rankings as Policy Instruments.'

May 2015: Christopher Hood took part in a panel discussion organized by the Blavatnik School of Government. With Sir Michael Barber and Prof Gwyn Bevan, Christopher discussed Sir Michael's recent book 'How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy'.

April 2015: Seminar and Briefing Paper on the Quality of Official Data  'Official Data - Made to Break?' Tony Travers, Christopher Hood, and Ruth Dixon held a seminar at LSE on 17 April 2015 - briefing paper here (pdf).

March 2015 Ruth Dixon gave a talk entitled 'Rating Rule of Law Performance: Consilient Assessment of the Framing and Application of Law'at the IRSPM Annual Conference in Birmingham.

September 2014: Christopher Hood gave a keynote plenary lecture entitled 'Not What it Said on the Tin? Reflections on Three Decades of Public Management Reform’ at the EIASM International Public Sector Conference in Edinburgh.

June 2014: Christopher Hood gave his valedictory lecture on Monday 9 June in All Souls College, Oxford, entitled Thirty Years of Makeovers in UK Central Government – Did it Work Better and Cost Less?. Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon have written a blog post summarising the main themes of the lecture.

June 2014: Ruth Dixon gave a talk entitled "More Focused and Business-Like or Heading into Chaos? UK Legislative Process and Judicial Review over the Past Three Decades" to the Constitutional Studies Discussion Group on 3 June 2014 in the DPIR, Oxford.

April 2014: Public Administration Select Committee reports on Complaints (pdf) and Ombudsmen published (the latter report includes written evidence by Ruth Dixon and Christopher Hood).

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 which includes some observations about the Scottish independence referendum.

February 2014: Forging a Discipline "A Critical Assessment of Oxford's Development of the Study of Politics and International Relations in Comparative Perspective" edited by Christopher Hood, Desmond King, and Gillian Peele, published by Oxford University Press.

September 2013: Christopher Hood gave a keynote speech on UK Government Makeovers at the EGPA Conference, Edinburgh, 11-13 September 2013. He also spoke to students of the Promotion Jan Zay at the Ecole National d'Administration in Strasbourg, France, on 19 September 2013 on the UK experience of fiscal squeeze in comparative perspective.

September 2013: Publication of the Government's Office of Science Science and Analysis Assurance Review of Her Majesty’s Treasury. Christopher Hood served on the independent expert panel that reviewed the Treasury's analytical capability and produced this report.

August 2013: Ruth Dixon and Christopher Hood submitted evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee inquiries on Ombudsmen and on Statistics and Open Data.

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, 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.

June 2013: Christopher Hood presented a paper entitled "Do You Get What You Pay For? Evaluating Three Decades of Makeovers in UK Central Government" at the Panel on Civil Service Systems, Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference, The Hague, 29 May to 1 June 2013. Three decades of government makeovers (graphic).

May 2013: Ruth Dixon spoke at the Politics Research Colloquium in the DPIR on "A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating UK Public Management Reforms Over the Past 30 years". Discussant Dennis Grube, Griffith University, QLD, Australia.

April 2013: Ruth Dixon was invited to join an expert panel for a Guardian online live chat on the #goodlaw initiative of the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel "What Does Good Law-Making Look Like?". News story here.

April 2013: Ruth Dixon presented a paper by Ruth Dixon and Christopher Hood "Why is the Impact of NPM so Elusive and What Can We Learn From the UK Case?" in Panel 32 of the XVII Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management in Prague.

March 2013: Christopher Hood and Rozana Himaz presented their paper "Can You End the Party without Tears? The Electoral Effects of Fiscal Squeeze" at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference in Cardiff.

January 2013: Christopher Hood appeared in on Today in Parliament on 11 January 2013 discussing whether and to what extent the UK Civil Service was in need of reform.

January 2013: Christopher Hood gave evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee on Civil Service Reform on 8 January 2013. This session was broadcast on Parliament tv.

December 2012: Christopher Hood spoke at a Treasury meeting on lessons from fiscal cutbacks in the 1970s on 12 December 2012.

November 2012: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon's numbers of Judicial Review applications featured on Guardian Data Blog and UK Human Rights Blog 19 Nov 2012. See graph here: http://twitpic.com/bek726. DPIR News Item here. These numbers were also mentioned on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on on 15 Dec 2012 at 8:10 and 8:50 am.

October 2012: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon's paper on Cost-cutting in Government was published online in Public Administration (update: now free access!). There is coverage in the online Guardian and we have a post on the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog.

July 2012: Christopher Hood gave the keynote presentation at the PMA2012 Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. His talk was entitled "Four Decades of Reform in Whitehall: Did They Create a Government that Works Better and Costs Less?"

July 2012: Blogpost on Politics InSprires by Ruth Dixon and Christopher Hood on finding out how much the civil service paybill costs. "Cutting the costs of bureaucracy: are we nearly there yet and how would we know?"

May 2012: Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon presented a paper on running costs changes in the OII seminar series Doing More for Less in Times of Austerity?

May 2012: Ruth Dixon presented three talks at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Her talks  were on (i) the politics of  target systems, (ii) the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, and (iii) UK government administration costs over the past 30 years.

April 2012: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze: a two-day meeting was held at All Souls College, Oxford, to explore cross-country comparisons as part of the 'When the Party's Over' project.

March 2012: Explorations in Governance: a symposium to celebrate Christopher Hood's 65th birthday was held at the Institute for Government on 16 March 2012. Christopher Hood presented the keynote speech Four Decades of Reform in Whitehall: did they produce 'a government that works better and costs less'? Explorations in Governance: a booklet of papers in honour of Christopher Hood edited by Ruth Dixon and Martin Lodge was produced to accompany the symposium.

February 2012: Ruth Dixon presented a paper entitled "Performance Measurement and Performance Measurement" at a workshop on "Universities in the Performance Age" at the Maison Française d'Oxford.

January 2012: A paper by Martin Lodge and Christopher Hood entitled Into an Age of Multiple Austerities? Public Management and Public Service Bargains across OECD Countries was published in Governance (25(1) 79-101).

November 2011: Christopher Hood presented “Leaner and Meaner? The Great Management Revolution in UK Central Government Reconsidered” at the College of Social Science at the University of Glasgow on 7 November 2011.

October 2011: Christopher Hood presented “Meaner but not much Leaner? The Great Management Revolution in UK Central Government Reconsidered” at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham on 25 October 2011.

September 2011: We are delighted to welcome Dr Rozana Himaz as a new member of the research team. Rozana will be working on the ESRC-funded project 'When the Party's Over'.

June 2011: Christopher Hood presented initial findings of the Leverhulme Trust Project at the IPMN Meeting in Moscow in a paper entitled “A Model of Cost-Cutting in Government? The Great Management Revolution in UK Central Government Reconsidered”.

June 2011: Christopher Hood was awarded a CBE for services to social science.