Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2019
22 May 2019, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
The annual lecture, in memory of Dame Mary Douglas (1921-2007), is sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, and UCL Anthropology.
Mary Ogilvie Lecture TheatreSt Anne's College56 Woodstock RdOxfordOX2 6HS
Playing the Numbers Game in the UK’s Public Expenditure World: Where Goodhart's Law Meets Douglas's Law
Professor Christopher Hood, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford
About the Speaker
Professor Christopher Hood has taught public administration and government on three continents over four decades, has been a Fellow of All Souls College since 2001 and was Gladstone Professor of Government from 2001 to 2014 (now Emeritus). He specializes in the study of executive government, regulation and public-sector reform and for the past five years or so his research has concentrated on the politics of fiscal squeeze and public spending control (his most recent book, written with Rozana Himaz, is A Century of Fiscal Squeeze Politics (OUP 2017) and he is currently leading a three-year Nuffield-funded study on the recent history of UK public spending control. In the 2000s he was Director of the ESRC Public Services Research Programme (comprising 47 projects and over 100 conferences and workshops), from 2008 to 2010 he chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Medical Profiling and Online Medicine, and in 2012-13 he was a member of the Government Office of Science review of the Analytical Capacity of HM Treasury. He is a Fellow both of the British Academy and of the US National Academy of Public Administration.