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Myths, Measures and Modernisation: A Comparison of Local Authority Performance in England and Wales

Andrews, Rhys William, Boyne, George Alexander, Law, Jennifer and Walker, Richard M. 2003. Myths, Measures and Modernisation: A Comparison of Local Authority Performance in England and Wales. Local Government Studies 29 (4) , pp. 54-75. 10.1080/03003930308559389

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Abstract

Local Authority performance in Wales is widely perceived as inferior to that in England. We analyse statistical evidence on current levels of performance and rates of improvement in the two local government systems, and find few significant differences between English and Welsh councils. Adverse judgements on Welsh local government seem to reflect perceptions of their management processes and methods of service provision rather than their substantive achievements. This may in turn be symptomatic of UK central government's assumption that public service improvement cannot be achieved unless organisations follow the specific model of ‘managerial modernisation it is currently promoting.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0300-3930
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:33
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/41011

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