The Political Payoff from Performance Target Systems: No-Brainer or No-Gainer?

Hood, Christopher; Dixon, Ruth
July 2010
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Jul2010 Supplement 2, Vol. 20 Issue suppl_2, pi281
Academic Journal
The article presents an analysis on political payoffs to incumbent politicians from performance target systems in Great Britain. It says that the data from the central performance targets for education and health in Great Britain in 2000 were evaluated via a consilience approach, wherein opinion poll and electoral data analysis was combined with the analysis of press reports, legislative committee reports, and interviews with senior civil servants. The weaker target regimes used in Wales and Scotland as against England were examined to explore the difference targets made to credit that was gained by incumbents. It suggests that there is an evidence for symbolic benefits for the incumbent government in support from the other actors and for direct electoral benefits from the English targets.


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