Curse of Thatcherite managerialism

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 17.54.38Margaret Thatcher was deluded enough to think that the techniques of business management were the answer to public sector inefficiencies. When applied to bureaucracy these techniques came, of course, without what Dalrymple calls the ‘disciplinary influence’ of the ‘bottom line’, so that

while certain business practices (such as large perquisites for managers) were easy enough to introduce, efficiency was not.

Dalrymple points out that when a government sets the bureaucracy targets, the result is ‘organised lying’.

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