Excessive target-setting suffers from a principle similar to POSIWID called WYMIWYG - what you measure is what you get.
In the UK, the Conservative government under John Major introduced a target-setting culture, and this was enthusiastically continued by the Labour government under Tony Blair. So I am very happy to report that the Labour government under Gordon Brown is moving away from reliance on targets.
- Whitehall targets to be slashed BBC News, July 18th 2007
- Public sector targets to be scrapped Guardian, July 18th 2007
- Thinking out of the tickbox Guardian, July 18th 2007