Category Archives: Targets

On the latest Home Office fiasco: Immigration, political pressure and organizational pathologies

Another week, another Home Office scandal involving the UK Border Agency. Yes, we’ve been here before – most notably in 2006 when Labour’s John Reid was Home Secretary and famously declared the Home Office ‘not fit for purpose’. But the … Continue reading

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Targets in Public Policy: Disciplining or Signaling?

A new paper I prepared for the PSA conference in Manchester next week explores the functions of targets in UK immigration and asylum policy. It’s part of our ongoing project on the Politics of Monitoring. The paper examines the tensions between … Continue reading

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Targets: damned if you do, damned if you don’t

It seemed like a good idea at the time. As a government, you wanted to signal your commitment to certain political goals, through binding yourself to a number of public, transparent targets. At the same time, setting a target seemed … Continue reading

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Immigration targets: Nonsensical, but here to stay

It’s now three years since the Conservative Party pledged to reduce net migration, so a good time to take stock of how they’ve been doing. UCL recently published a useful report exposing the various problems with this target: its questionable objective (why … Continue reading

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