Little Heresies in Public Policy
Author: Charlotte Pell, Rob Wilson & Toby Lowe (Editors)
This book takes its title from the first seminar, ‘Kittens are Evil’: to suggest that private sector management methods and policies developed using private sector thinking create perverse incentives and lasting damage to the social fabric is a heresy.
Public services’ management and policy practices, underpinned by neoliberal thinking, were proposed by Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s - the belief was that using private sector management methods would not only improve the quality of services but increase effiency as well.
Successive governments have continued to subscribe to this belief - they believe that New Public Management (NPM), as it is now called, is the right approach to public services, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.
In this first publication from the Little Heresies series, eight heretics, all leading thinkers and practitioners in their professional fields, explain the effects of NPM across a range of services:
Each heretic offers an alternative way of thinking about and developing policies. Government would do well to listen to these experts in designing practices for the future.
Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England
Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform
Simon Caulkin, Writer and editor
John Seddon, Leader of the Vanguard organisations
Toby Lowe, Senior Research Associate, Newcastle University Business School
Simon Guilfoyle, serving police officer and university lecturer
Stephen Crossley, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Northumbria University
Sue White, Professor of Social Work, Sheffield University
David Wastell, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham University Business School
Editors: Pell, Wilson & Lowe
Publisher: Triarchy Press
Published: December 2016