- Hardcover: 688 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195136659
- ISBN-13: 978-0195136654
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2.1 x 7.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"offers a valuable and systematic way of evaluating alternative forms of program and service delivery. The tools framework will help us better measure government performance and understand what works."--Jonathan Breul, formerly Senior Specialist for Management, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Currently Senior Analyst, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
"brings to light the accountability challenges that arise as systems become more and more complex and citizens are additional steps away from governance structures."--Scott Fosler, Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and former President, National Academy of Public Administration
"captures the increased complexity of instrument choice, as well as the innovations that have taken place in instrument design and implementation in recent decades not only in the United States, but also in other parts of the world."--Margaret Hill, Policy Research Initiative, Canada
"provides a solid framework for developing and understanding the new public-private arrangements that will be required for homeland security and regional governance, among other complex issues."--Neal Peirce, The Washington Post Writers Group
"Salamon et. al.'s Tools of Government book is an extremely useful resource for teaching."--Eugene Bardach, University of California at Berkeley
"Teachers of all types of policy classes, including economics and management, can usefully integrate the tools framework into their lessons."--Eugene Bardach, University of California at Berkeley
"helps us focus attention on the considerable innovativeness that has characterized the public sector in our lifetime."--Edward DeSeve, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs
"the tools approach should really drive government towards better tool selection, and better overall performance."--Mark Abramson, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Endowment for the Business of Government
"Lawyers have been relying on the tools approach since the Middle Ages, and it has worked for them...This book opens this approach up for public administrators and policy analysts, and they would be wise to seize it. It is a very powerful approach."--Sallyanne Payton, University of Michigan Law School
About the Author
Lester M. Salamon is at Johns Hopkins University.
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A table on page 3 well illustrates this thesis. This table shows that:
(1) In social service delivery, 56% of services are delivered by nonprofits, 4% by for-profits, and 40% by government.
(2) In health, 44% of services are delivered by nonprofits, 23% by for-profits, and 33% by government. And so on. In reality, public service delivery is a complex mixture of government and non-governmental actors.
This volume describes the various tools used by those who deliver services--from economic regulation to government corporations to vouchers to grants to loans to tort liability to contracting and so on. The point is simple: there are many tools that can be used to achieve public goals--whether those services are actually delivered by the private sector, not-for-profits, or government itself.
However, tools are not developed and deployed in a vacuum. This volume also discusses the use of such tools in democracy and the nature of the politics of tool use. Also well discussed is accountability of the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors.
In the end, a well worthwhile book for those interested in how government decisions and priorities become implemented and services delivered. The book is not elegantly written, but there is much content here.