Archives for July 13th, 1998

BEYOND COMPARE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 July, 1998

Benchmarking
Arkin A

People Management, (UK), 19 Feb 98 (4/4)
Start page: 49 No of pages: 2

Looks at the potential for UK organizations to club together to benchmark their operations, setting out the advantages of doing so. Profiles the benchmarking organized by the Financial Services Special Interests Group benchmarking club, indicating how the benchmarking statistics it provides can be used to give organizations a real understanding of problems in their human resource practices. Considers a similar approach to benchmarking undertaken within the UK’s Civil Service which looked at the National Audit Office’s use of secondments.

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NEW FACTS TO HELP PUBLIC SECTOR PROVIDE WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 July, 1998

New fact files illustrating women’s position in society and setting out priority areas for government action have been launched by the Minister for Women, Joan Ruddock.

She said: “Women tell us they feel that their interests are too often ignored, that they feel disconnected from Government and excluded from or on the margins of decision making. We are addressing these priority areas with real action.”

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GOVERNMENT BEYOND THE CENTRE

Book News, PublicNet: 13 July, 1998

Sub-National Politics in Britain

Clive Gray, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration, De Montfort University, Leicester

This book analyses the politics of the vast range of organisations that make up the public sector away from Whitehall and Westminster. It deals with the history, policy-making, and inter-governmental relations of local government, the NHS, quangos and the outposts of central government. An ideal introductory text for students of politics and public administration and for anyone concerned with this part of the administrative machine of Britain.

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