Reshaping Executive Government

Welcome to Reshaping Executive Government, the website of two research projects based at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

This research is being carried out by a small group of people who come from different backgrounds but share a common interest in tracking and explaining developments in executive government. The team is led by Christopher Hood and also includes Ruth Dixon, Emma Anderson, and Rozana Himaz. Source of Map: The vicinity of Whitehall in 1799 from Richard Horwood's 1799 map of London, Westminster & Southwark.

We are in turn linked to others with similar interests within Oxford (such as the DPIR's Public Policy Group, the Said Business School and Oxford's new Blavatnik School of Government) and elsewhere.

Yesterday's Tomorrows: What Happened to the Future of Government? started in October 2010 and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project is investigating three major changes in executive government over the past 35 years, changes in management style, information technology and government communications.

When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Austerity in Public Services is funded by the ESRC through a research professorship awarded to Christopher Hood, and started in 2011. Its aim is to compare former periods of fiscal austerity over the past century.

Winner of two prestigious book awards!

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 US National Academy of Public Administration's Louis Brownlow Book Award for 2015 and the Political Studies Association's W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Award for 2016.

Read Chapter 1 for free! (pdf)