Why do so many government policies fail to achieve their objectives? Why are our political leaders not held to account for policy failures?
Stephen Muers draws on his years of experience as a senior government policymaker, as well as global research with examples ranging from the collapse of the Soviet Union to Cold-War Germany, the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, to expose the crucial impact culture and values have on policy success and political accountability.
This illuminating study sets out why policymakers need to take culture seriously, how culture and values shape the political system and presents essential practical recommendations for what governments should do differently.
Stephen Muers has held a wide range of senior policymaking roles. He is currently Head of Strategy at Big Society Capital and a Policy Fellow at the Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath.
What Are Culture and Values?
Part 1 ~ Why Culture and Values Matter for Public Policy
Culture Determines Whether Policies Work
Culture Determines Whether Policies Are Legitimate
4Arguments about Values and the Purpose of Democracy
Governments Can't Help Affecting Culture
Part 2 ~ Culture and Values in the Political System
Accountability in a Values-Based System
Part 3 ~ How Policy Makers Can Take Culture Seriously
Being Serious About Symbols
Doing More Locally
Being Smart About Evidence