So many books, so little time…

Chances are if you’ve met me I’ve recommended a book to you!

It’s also quite likely that I couldn’t quite remember the title or the name of the author and so you find yourself on my resources page. I hope you find what you’re looking for here, but if not do please pop me an e-mail and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. I’m also happy to take recommendations of things that you think should be added to this list.

If you’re on twitter you can find me @pashleyfisher where I regularly use #civilservicelearning and #policyreading to tag interesting material.

For ideas on who to follow for the best ideas in the policy / Gov space take a look at my lists; Policy #designthinthing and Westminster Policy. 

Public Administration & Policy

How to Run a Government by Michael Barber

Radical Help: How we can remake the relationship between us and revolutionise the welfare state by Hilary Cottam

The entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs private sector myths by Mariana Mazzucato

A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis by Eugene Bardach

Evaluation for the Real World by Colin Palfrey, Paul Thomas and Ceri Phillips

Analysing Pubic Policy by Peter John

Administrative Behaviour by Herbert A. Simon

Real World Evaluation by Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry



Managing Complexity in the Public Services by Phil Haynes

Complexity: A very short introduction by John H. Holland

Complexity Theory & the Social Sciences by David Byrne & Gill Callaghan

Dealing with Dilemmas by Frank Buytendijk

Strategic Thinking

Scenario Planning, a field guide to the future by Woody Wade

Rethinking Public Strategy by Sean Lusk

Visual Strategy by Bryson, Ackermann and Eden

The Strategy Workout by Bernard Ross and Clare Segal

Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving by Arnaud Chevallier

The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett (or there’s a podcast or video version)



Managing for Happiness by Jurgen Appelo

Thrive by Richard Layard and David M. Clark

Happiness by Richard Layard

Flourish by Martin Seligman

10 Keys to Happier Living by Vanessa King

The Hidden Wealth of Nations by David Halpern