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Tools of Government Publications

TOOLS OF GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS. The Tools of Government Project has produced educational and other materials to promote understanding of the ongoing revolution in the operation of the public sector. These materials have included a major authoritative text, a series of supplementary workbooks, a major conference report, and a speech by Center Director Lester Salamon. Please browse these publications below, or or visit the Center’s publications database to browse all Center publications by category or search by keyword.
 

  • The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance (2002)
    ISBN 0-19-513665-9 | Edited by Lester M. Salamon. Examines the emerging tools of public action and the implications they have for public management and policy design. An Overview chapter outlines the "new governance" concept and relates it to prior approaches to public management. Subsequent chapters then examine each of the major tools. A concluding section explores the implications of the "new governance" for accountability, management, and democratic control. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002)

  • Tools of Government Workbook #1: Social Regulation
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents that illustrate the operation of a government program that embodies social regulation as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for implementing and managing a regulatory program involving social or environmental regulation.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #2: Government Insurance
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents that illustrate the operation of a government program that embodies insurance as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for implementing and managing a government insurance program.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #3: Tax Expenditures
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents and forms that illustrate the operation of the tax expenditure tool. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process of creating, implementing, and managing a tax expenditure program.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #4: Tort Liability
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents in the form of litigation documents and state and federal statutes, that illustrate the operation of tort liability as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for implementing and managing a tort liability‐based program or policy.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #5: Government Corporations and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents that illustrate the operation of a government program that provides public services through a government corporation or a government sponsored enterprise as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for (1) creating and managing a government corporation and (2) creating and supervising a government sponsored enterprise.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #6: Loans and Loan Guarantees
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents that illustrate the operation of a government program that embodies loans or loan guarantees as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for implementing and managing a government credit program involving direct loans or loan guarantees.

  • Policy Tools and Government Performance (2002)
    Summarizes the proceedings of a 2002 conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. General Accounting Office, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, which examined the implications of new of tools of public action for government performance in the United States. The conference was designed to acquaint both policy scholars and practitioners with these alternative tools, and with the "tools approach" that focuses attention on them, and to establish an agenda for future action that might improve the operation of public programs by sensitizing policy makers and policy administrators to the distinctive features and operating demands of the various tools that public programs embody.

  • [Speech] Training Professional Citizens: Getting Beyond the Right Answer to the Wrong Question in Public Affairs Education
    This speech by Lester Salamon was presented as the keynote address at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 22, 2004.

  • Outsourcing-Lessons from Abroad (Chinese, 2009)
    Leon E. Irish, Lester M. Salamon, and Karla W. Simon This study aims to provide the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MoCA) of the People’s Republic of China an overview of international experience with the use of direct and indirect, consumer and producer side instruments for engaging civil society organizations in the delivery of government-financed social and human services. The discussion in the report falls into three major parts. Part I offers an overview of the scale of the civil society sector globally and of the extent and patterns of government support for it. Against this backdrop, Part II then examines in more detail the experience of particular countries with government-nonprofit cooperation with respect to outsourcing social services. Finally, based on these experiences, the final part offers some suggestions for the Government of China as it seeks to fashion a workable relationship with the emerging Chinese CSO sector. This is the Chinese language version; also available in English.

  • Outsourcing-Lessons from Abroad (English, 2009)
    Leon E. Irish, Lester M. Salamon, and Karla W. Simon This study aims to provide the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MoCA) of the People’s Republic of China an overview of international experience with the use of direct and indirect, consumer and producer side instruments for engaging civil society organizations in the delivery of government-financed social and human services. The discussion in the report falls into three major parts. Part I offers an overview of the scale of the civil society sector globally and of the extent and patterns of government support for it. Against this backdrop, Part II then examines in more detail the experience of particular countries with government-nonprofit cooperation with respect to outsourcing social services. Finally, based on these experiences, the final part offers some suggestions for the Government of China as it seeks to fashion a workable relationship with the emerging Chinese CSO sector. Also available in Chinese.


 

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