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  • Published: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141979595
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

How To Run A Government

So That Citizens Benefit And Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy




Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Why is this? And what can we do about it? In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of international experience advising political leaders, to show how those in power can make good on their promises.

The secrets of successful government from Michael Barber, one of the world's leading experts on carrying out lasting improvements in public life.



Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Political leaders struggle to honour their promises and officials find it near impossible to translate ideas into action. The result? High taxes, but poor outcomes. Cynicism not just with government but with the political process.



Why is this? How could this vicious spiral be reversed?



In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of experience of working for and with government leaders the world over to present a blueprint for how to run a government. Using contemporary cases from every continent and classic examples from history, he makes a compelling case for a new approach. From Downing Street to Punjab, Charles I to Churchill, this book shows that the solution is less about ideology and more about clear priorities and meticulous planning.



Praise for Instruction to Deliver:

'Wonderful' Bill Bryson



'One of the best books written on British government for many years' Vernon Bogdanor, Financial Times





Sir Michael Barber is the co-founder of Delivery Associates and Chief Education Advisor at Pearson. Over the last two decades he has worked on government and public service reform in more than 50 countries. From 2001 to 2005 he was the first Head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the UK. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Doctor of several universities including the University of Exeter. His previous books include Instruction to Deliver: Fighting to Transform Britain's Public Services
%%%The secrets of successful government from Michael Barber, one of the world's leading experts on carrying out lasting improvements in public life.
Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Political leaders struggle to honour their promises and officials find it near impossible to translate ideas into action. The result? High taxes, but poor outcomes. Cynicism not just with government but with the political process.
Why is this? How could this vicious spiral be reversed?
In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of experience of working for and with government leaders the world over to present a blueprint for how to run a government. Using contemporary cases from every continent and classic examples from history, he makes a compelling case for a new approach. From Downing Street to Punjab, Charles I to Churchill, this book shows that the solution is less about ideology and more about clear priorities and meticulous planning.
Praise for Instruction to Deliver:
'Wonderful' Bill Bryson
'One of the best books written on British government for many years' Vernon Bogdanor, Financial Times

Sir Michael Barber is the co-founder of Delivery Associates and Chief Education Advisor at Pearson. Over the last two decades he has worked on government and public service reform in more than 50 countries. From 2001 to 2005 he was the first Head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the UK. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Doctor of several universities including the University of Exeter. His previous books include Instruction to Deliver: Fighting to Transform Britain's Public Services
%%%Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Why is this? And what can we do about it? In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of international experience advising political leaders, to show how those in power can make good on their promises.
'Refreshingly ruthless ... has an uplifting brio to it' Economist
  • Pub date: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141979595
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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