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The Logic of Discipline
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1. The Logic of Discipline 2. The Quiet Revolution: Central Bank Independence 3. Treasury Power and Fiscal Rules 4. Islands in the Public Sector: Tax Collectors 5. The Gates of Trade: Autonomous Mainports 6. Protecting Capital: Independent Regulators and Super-Courts 7. Devils in the Details: Long Term Infrastructure Contracts 8. Beyond Discipline Appendix: Notes and Sources for Figures

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Alasdair Roberts is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School. He is also a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the School of Public Policy, University College London. Professor Roberts received his law degree from the University of Toronto and his PhD in public policy from Harvard University. He is co-editor of the journal Governance.

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"This concise and provocative book has a readability that belies its dense subject matter. The evidence produced by Roberts to support his points is thorough and compelling, but rarely overdone."--Times Literary Supplement "The argument is intriguing, and can explain not only the movement toward autonomous central banks and legislation mandating budgetary restraint, but also the move toward management by contract (or New Public Management) and the effort to explicitly define performance measures for holding top managers accountable."--Public Administrations Review "Government reform is like the weather--everyone talks about it but few people really know how to change it. Until, that is, this terrific new book by Alasdair Roberts, which stokes our intellectual capital for tackling the big changes government needs and builds the case for how to make these reforms work."--Donald F. Kettl, Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Policy and author of The Next Government of the United States "In this provocative and wide-ranging book Alasdair Roberts uses the current economic crisis to reveal deep flaws in a wide range of reforms popular at the end of the twentieth century. His cases range from central banks to independent regulatory agencies to privately managed infrastructure projects. Throughout the world, reformers embraced the same 'logic of discipline.' All suffered from a naive faith in institutions and expertise as solutions to the excesses of political and popular control. Support for independent, apolitical bodies arose from a perceived gap between the demands of global capitalism and popular pressures. But Roberts shows in case after case that the logic of discipline did not work even on its own terms. The current crisis has brought democratic accountability back to the fore."--Susan Rose-Ackerman, Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

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