Christopher Hood

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Christopher Hood

Christopher Cropper Hood

1947 (age 72–73)
AwardsW. J. M. Mackenzie Prize (1998 and 2016)
Louis Brownlow Book Award (2015)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of York
University of Glasgow
Academic work
InstitutionsLondon School of Economics
All Souls College, Oxford
Main interestsExecutive government
New public management

Christopher Cropper Hood CBE FBA (born 1947) is a visiting Professor of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.[1] Hood was Gladstone Professor of Government at All Souls College, Oxford from 2001 to 2014, and Director of the ESRC Research Programme Public Services: Quality, Performance and Delivery from 2004 to 2010. His books include The Limits of Administration (1976), The Tools of Government (1983) (updated as The Tools of Government in the Digital Age (2007) with Helen Margetts), The Art of the State (1998 and 2000) and A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? (2015, with Ruth Dixon). He chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics' Working Party on medical profiling and online medicine from 2008 to 2010.[2]

He specialises in the study of executive government, regulation and public-sector reform and has written on New Public Management.[3]


Hood obtained a B.A. degree (first-class honours) in Social Sciences from the University of York in 1968, and a B.Litt. degree from the University of Glasgow in 1971. He was awarded a D.Litt. degree from the University of York in 1987.


The Art of the State was awarded the 1998 W. J. M. Mackenzie award of the Political Studies Association.[4] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[5] A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? was awarded the 2015 Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration[6][7] and the 2016 W. J. M. Mackenzie award.[8] In 2017, Hood was awarded an honorary doctorate (Dr.h.c.) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, "for his contribution to the development of the field of Public Administration in general and in the Netherlands in particular".[9]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Hood, Christopher (1976). The Limits of Administration. London: Wiley. ISBN 9780471016526.
  • Hood, Christopher (1983). The Tools of Government. London: Macmillan. ISBN 9780333343968.
  • Hood, Christopher (1998). The Art of the State: Culture, Rhetoric and Public Management. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 9780198280408.
  • Hood, Christopher; Margetts, Helen (2007). The Tools of Government in the Digital Age. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230001442.
  • Hood, Christopher (2011). The Blame Game: Spin, Bureaucracy and Self-Preservation in Government. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691129952.
  • Hood, Christopher; Dixon, Ruth (2015). A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199687022.


  1. ^ "Professor Christopher Hood". People. All Souls College, Oxford. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Membership of the Working Party". Medical profiling and online medicine. Nuffield Council on Bioethics. October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. ^ Hood, Christopher; Guy Peters (2004). "The Middle Aging of New Public Management: Into the Age of Paradox?". Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 14 (3): 267–282. doi:10.1093/jopart/muh019.
  4. ^ "W J M Mackenzie Book Prize Winners" (PDF). Political Studies Association. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 7.
  6. ^ "2015 Fall Meeting". National Academy of Public Administration. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Brownlow book award" (PDF). Blueprint. University of Oxford. February 2016. p. 6. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon awarded book prize". News. Blavatnik School of Government. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Honorary doctors: Professor Christopher Hood". Erasmus University Rotterdam. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

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