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ESRC Public Services Programme and Oxford Executive Government Group Lunchtime Seminar Series, Hilary Term 2005Targets in various forms have become a widespread instrument of public policy and governance, from broad-gauge international targets such as those applying to world poverty reduction through national-level policy targets to the targets that apply within individual organizations. The aim of this 6 part interdisciplinary lunchtime seminar series was to look at the way the targets game is played in different institutional settings, and at different policy levels, and particularly to elucidate the politics and institutional gaming that go on in target systems.

Targets Seminar Series Summary (pdf)

Conveners

Christopher Hood (All Souls, Department of Politics and International Relations) and Helen Margetts (Mansfield, Oxford Internet Institute)

The workshop series

Week 2: Tuesday 25 January
Christopher Hood, ’Introduction to the Targets Workshop’ [Powerpoint presentation] and
Helen Margetts, ‘Targets for E-government’ [Powerpoint presentation]

Week 3: Tuesday 1 February
Gwyn Bevan (LSE, Operational Research) and Christopher Hood: ‘Transparency, Targets and Gaming: the English NHS’ [Powerpoint presentation]

Week 4: Tuesday 8 February
Frances Stewart (Queen Elizabeth House): ‘Affirmative Action: Quotas as Targets’ [Powerpoint presentation]

Week 5: Tuesday 15 February
Antony Chawluk (Economics): ‘Target-Setting and Strategic Behaviour: The Soviet Experience’ [PDF presentation]

Week 6: Tuesday 22 February
Sharon Gilad (DPhil student, Nuffield College) ‘Targets and the shaping of Casework in a Regulatory Organization’ [Presentation not available]

Week 7: Tuesday 1 March
Sir Christopher Foster (former public sector partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers): ‘Targets before targets: The Experience of Controlling Nationalized Industries in the Old Public Management Era’ [Powerpoint presentation]

Background

Targets in various forms have become a widespread instrument of public policy and governance, from broad-gauge international targets such as those applying to poverty reduction through national-level policy targets to the targets that apply within individual organizations. The aim of this lunchtime workshop series is to look at the way the targets game is played in different institutional settings, and at different policy levels, and particularly to elucidate the politics and institutional gaming that go on in target systems. The workshop will draw on and feed into the work done on targets in the ESRC ‘Public Services’ programme of which Christopher Hood is Director.

The Executive Government Group

The Executive Government Group is a small informal group of faculty and graduate students interested in the analysis of bureaucracy and related executive government institutions. It works wherever possible on the basis of pre-circulated short papers, with very short presentations followed immediately by discussion. It works as a ‘brown bag’ workshop, so bring your own sandwich. Water, juice and coffee will be provided.