Monthly Archives: May 2014

Freedom and Reason as Rival Modes of Governance?

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For the last two centuries or so the countries that now make up the core of the Western democratic and industrialized world have – on their good days – sought to honour two political and constitutional principles: to allow freedom of thought and belief, and to accept the role of reason in political, legal and   …Continue Reading


Reflections on the Launch of SKAPE: Freedom and Reason as Rival Modes of Governance?

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For the last two centuries or so the countries that now make up the core of the Western democratic and industrialized world have – on their good days – sought to honour two political and constitutional principles: to allow freedom of thought and belief, and to accept the role of reason in political, legal and   …Continue Reading


Targets in Public Policy: Disciplining or Signaling?

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Targets have become a popular tool for galvanising improvements to public services across OECD countries. But targets also have an important signaling function: they they can be adopted to signal commitment to, or underscore achievement of, a range of political or organizational goals. In a new paper prepared as part of the Politics of Monitoring   …Continue Reading


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