By Philip Collins and Liam ByrneTen years ago Osborne and Gaebler endorsed government that steered rather than rowed, in their book Reinventing Government. They offered principles for entrepreneurial government which included: empowering communities, encouraging competition, being driven by mission, being oriented by results and satisfying the customer. They advocated decentralisation and the use of market forces.
This book considers whether these principles are still appropriate. It examines them particularly in the light of the four new principles which have emerged from the Office of Public Services Reform: national standards, devolution, flexibility and choice.
Published by the Social Market Foundation: http://www.smf.co.uk/site/smf/