Archives for August 10th, 1998

STRENGTHENING POLITICAL LEADSHIP IN UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 August, 1998

STRENGTHENING POLITICAL LEADSHIP IN UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Public Money & Management, (UK), Jan-Mar 98 Vol 18 No 1
Start page: 41 No of pages: 11

Discusses how political leadership in UK local government can be strengthened, observing that the Labour Government has moved in setting up elections for a mayor for London; looks at the debate surrounding the revitalization of local democracy, setting this in the context of some authorities wishing to try out new approaches and others being resistant to change. Draws on research into alternative forms of political leadership, and establishes that increasing centralization in the UK has led to demoralization of local officers; makes cross-national comparisons in examining models observable in the USA – the mayor-council structure (both strong and weak mayors) and the council-manager structure with and without a mayor. Identifies key roles of UK political leadership and indicators of good leadership; assesses the limitations of current practice in terms of, for instance, an internal focus and a lack of clarity as to responsibilities. Considers the separation of the executive and the assembly and the granting of a formal role of leadership; studies responsibilities of an assembly.

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NEW RESEARCH HOMES IN ON THE CAUSES OF INEQUALITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 August, 1998

One of the largest studies of its kind has revealed the areas to target to
tackle inequality at work.

The Policy Studies Institute has just published research which suggests that
registered male nurses are twice as likely to be promoted as their female
colleagues.

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END OF INTERNAL MARKET CLOSER WITH NEAR FULL HOUSE OF PCGs

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 August, 1998

Ninety five percent of the new primary care groups (PCGs) needed to oversee
future local healthcare have now been set up.

There had been fears by senior managers in the NHS that they would not be able to attract the required number of interested health professionals by an end of July deadline. The remaining five per cent of groups yet to be set up are
expected to be agreed by the end of August.

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

Book News, PublicNet: 10 August, 1998

2nd edition

Owen Hughes, Professor of Public Sector Management, Monash University, Australia

This book introduces and assesses the principles and theories underlying recent changes in the scope and management of the public sector. The earlier, traditional model of public administration dominant for most of the century is argued to be discredited. Newer public management models are being adopted all over the world and the basis, nature and dimensions of these – as well as their theoretical underpinnings – are considered in detail. The second edition of this highly successful text is revised and updated throughout with the addition of a new chapter on public management in developing countries.

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