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Could Do Better,
This review is from: Squandered (Paperback)
Essentially, this is a disappointing book - much less focussed and insightful than the author's previous writings about consultancy and IT procurement.
New Labour has much to answer for in terms of its stewardship of public finance and expenditure, and the strength - such as it is - of the book is in the hard data of what has been spent.
However, beyond the facts, Craig allows himself the luxury of parading simplistic prejudices in scatter-gun fashion, and the level of analysis in terms of social policy and its effectiveness is superficial at best. One would find the same depth of intellectual penetration in a "Sun" or "Daily Mail" opinion piece.
Some points are well enough made, but they are lost in a welter of simple-minded prejudice and lack of properly informed and nuanced analysis.
The problem with this approach is that the book fails to convince, and fritters away the opportunity to ask the really penetrating questions. (The chapter on Education is a good example of the book's failings - ironically, it would be difficult to give it a pass as an undergraduate essay!)
In summary - use it as a reference for the figures, but look elsewhere for penetrating social or political analysis.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2009 13:52:48 GMT
Mark Rosmar: says:
any titles which you reccommend?
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