I am looking for a cover design of my PhD thesis. The dissertation deals with the inherent tensions between (bureaucratic) fiscal policy on the one hand, and program policy by a health department on the other hand. This could be depicted as two worlds (not literally) that meet on the cover. One world is the world of bureaucrats, strict rules, and cost containment. The other world is the world of doctors, caretakers, indigent, elderly and hospitalized. I would imagine two contrasting colors to emphasize the differences between the two worlds.
There is an inherent tendency to overspend on publicly funded health care, fiscal rules are the instrument to curb the spending at the highest level of decision making. My thesis researches the success of such rules.
The title is after W. Sommerset Maugham, who wrote: 'tradition is a guide and not a jailer'. My interpretation is that fiscal rules are a guide and not a jailer, in the sense that strict adherence to fiscal rules is not commonly observed throughout advanced (OECD) economies, yet they do hold important cost containing properties (but in a more subtle way).
I like a sleek and clean design. The thesis will be printed in B5.