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Ranking Public Services: from Local to Global (ESRC Public Services Programme and OII Public Service Workshop Series)

Date & Time:
00:00:00, Tuesday 24 January -
00:00:00, Tuesday 28 February, 2006


For over twenty years ratings and rankings have been widely used to rate public service performance within the UK and particularly England. School and university rankings, local authority league tables, micro-local crime data, heath trust ratings, are now part of our lives. International rankings of public services, governance and even quality of life (in cities, for example) have become commonplace over the last thirty years too, feeding into policy debate at the national level. The aim of this lunchtime workshop series is to look at the operation and design of different rankings systems, at the supply of and demand for rankings and at the way the rankings game is played by strategic actors from the local to the global level. The workshop will draw on and feed into the work done on rankings and performance indicators in the ESRC Public Services Programme of which Christopher Hood is currently Director.

The workshop, which has been going for several years, is a small informal group of faculty and graduate students interested in the analysis of public services and executive government. It aims to work wherever possible on the basis of pre-circulated short papers, with very short presentations followed immediately by discussion. It works as a ‘brown bag’ workshop, so bring your own sandwich. Water, juice and coffee will be provided.





Week 2

24 January

Helen Margetts and Christopher Hood: Introduction to the workshop

Week 3

31 January

Clare Leaver: Tournament Theory and Evidence

Week 4

7 February

Alison Wolf: Ranking Schools: Education League Tables

Week 5

14 February

Nick Manning: International rankings: from governance to public management

Week 6

21 February

Iain McLean and Dirk Haubrich: Ranking Local Authorities: Performance and Environment

Week 7

28 February

Rowena Jacobs: Ranking and Random Variation in Health Care’

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  • Professor Helen Margetts
  • Name: Professor Helen Margetts|Dirk Haubrich|Professor Christopher Hood|Rowena Jacobs|Clare Leaver|Nick Manning|Iain McLean|Alison Wolf
  • Affiliation: OII|DPIR and Nuffield College, University of Oxford|Department of Politics and International Relations, University of
    Oxford|University of York|Nuffield College, University of Oxford|World Bank and OECD|DPIR and Nuffield College, University of Oxford|King’s College, University of London
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