The Art of Public Strategy: Mobilizing Power and Knowledge for the Common Good

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Overview

The strategies adopted by governments and public officials can have dramatic effects on people' lives. Packed with examples, and shaped by the author's practical experience, this book shows that governments which give more weight to the long-term are not only more likely to leave their citizens richer, healthier, and safer; they're also better protected from being blown off course by short-term pressures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199593453
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Mulgan CBE is director of the Young Foundation, an organization specialising in social innovation that in the past helped give birth to organizations such as the Open University and Which. He has held various roles in government in the UK, including director of the government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. He has lectured and advised governments in countries all over the world, from China and the USA to Australia and India. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, and Melbourne University. His most recent book is Good and Bad Power: The Ideals and Betrayals of Government (Allen Lane, 2006). He is on the editorial board of Political Quarterly; a trustee of the Work Foundation and the Design Council; chair of Involve and of the Carnegie Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

List of Tables xi

List of Boxes xii

Abbreviations xiii

Note on the Author xiv

1 Introduction From Tangled Knots to Virtuous Circles 1

Part I 17

2 What is Public Strategy 19

3 Publlic Action: The Dynamics of Supply and Demand 37

4 A Framework for Adaptive Strategy 75

Part II 115

5 Locating Strategy Structures, Processes, and Cultures 117

6 Knowledge: How Can Governments Know Enough to Govern? 125

7 Implementation: Moving from Words to Action 135

8 Positive Risks: Taking Innovation in the public Sector Seriously 148

9 Nagative Risk: Strategies for Resilience 171

10 Joined up Government 182

11 Changing Minds and Behaviour 197

12 Winning (and Losing) public Trust 218

13 Metrics: Measuring Social and public Value 228

14 Persistent Leadership 242

Part III 253

15 Separating the Urgent and the Important: Strategy as a Public Good 255

Notes 268

Index 285

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