Archives for July 7th, 1998

EXPLAINING LESS ACCOUNTABILITY.

Abstracts, PublicNet: 7 July, 1998

The Growth of Local Quangos
Payne T, Skelcher C

Public Administration, (UK), Summer 97 (75/2)
Start page: 207 No of pages: 18

Looks at why there should have been such an increase in the number of appointed local bodies in the UK, such as health commissions, city technology colleges and Training and Enterprise Councils. Considers four explanations: agency-type, which identifies a number of reasons for the growth; the desire of central government to extend its ideological influence over public activities; the restructuring of the state according to a managerialist model; and regulationist explanations, which see the expansion as part of the need to find new institutions to regulate the changed social and political structures that have come about. Assesses the validity of these explanations, rejecting each as a possible explanation on its own. Prefers a framework which integrates three of them – placing the ideological and managerialist explanations in the context of the regulationist approach. Uses this framework to explain the development of the different types of quango over the past 30 years.

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LOCAL COUNCILS MAKE A FINAL PITCH TO GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 July, 1998

Local councils will try to persuade the Labour Government this week that they can rise to the challenge of running services efficiently, and involve more people in taking decisions about them.

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OMBUDSMAN SAYS PRISON SERVICE ISN’T LEARNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 July, 1998

The Prisons Ombudsman has produced a damning annual report about management failure to tackle problems year on year.

Sir Peter Woodhead, the Prisons Ombudsman, said: “This is my third Annual Report and it is disappointing that I am continuing to deal with many of the same type of grievances as in previous years. I am still upholding almost half of the complaints I investigate and am increasingly concerned that the Prison Service does not seem to be learning from its past mistakes.”

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