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Paradoxes of Modernization : Unintended Consequences of Public Policy Reform (Hardcover)

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This book explores the unintended and unanticipated effects associated with `modernization' projects and tackles the key question that they provoke---why do policy-makers persist in such enterprises in the face of evidence that they tend to fail?

Paradoxes of Modernization first discusses what is meant by `modernization' and `unintended consequences', placing public policy reform within more general intellectual and social trends. It presents eight case study `modernization' projects. Their architects promised faster trains, a more efficient and reactive health service, a more motivated public service, better performing local government, enhanced information for prospective US university students, reduced rates of child mainutrition in developing countries, and a free, open, safe, interconnected cyberspace for people to conduct their social and political life. Each case provdes a neat story with a paradox that varies the modernization theme and tackles the question: why was the project pursued? The conclusion categorizes the cases in terms of their outcome, from success to disappointment, and suggests some strategies for a more balanced version of modernization for current and future policy-makers.

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Mfg Part# 9780199573547
SKU 214429722
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0199573549
Release Date 8/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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