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Nation of DevilsDemocratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience$
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Stein Ringen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193190

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193190.001.0001

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How to Get It Right

How to Get It Right

(p.98) 6 How to Get It Right
Nation of Devils

Stein Ringen

Yale University Press

When a government has power, such as New Labour in Britain back in 1997, and can make policy, its next problem is to avoid mistakes. Good intentions do not make for good governance, not even inspired intentions. This chapter looks at how governments get things wrong and the challenges they face getting things right. The challenge is to avoid the mistakes that lie in wait, the mistake of trying too hard, of not de-prioritizing and of not setting aside what cannot be done effectively, of overestimating one's powers and abilities, of letting intentions rule and not paying attention to the practicalities of follow-ups and implementation. Governments are notoriously prone to getting it wrong.

Keywords:   New Labour, policy, good governance, mistakes, implementation

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