Archives for August 11th, 1998

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING TRUSTED

Abstracts, PublicNet: 11 August, 1998

Transaction Costs and Policy Network Theory

Hindmoor A
Public Administration, (UK), Spring 98 (76/1)
Start page: 25 No of pages: 19

Considers the value of transaction cost analysis for policy network theory, which is used to explain the relationship between government and other groups within the political community, such as pressure groups. Using the example of the negotiations between the UK Government and the British Medical Association (an association representing doctors) during the creation of the National Health Service in the 1940s, examines the trade-offs made by each side to gain the best deal possible in the new National Health Service. Analyses this in term of transaction costs to show the logic of the decision of the British Medical Association to co-operate with the National Health Service rather than reject it. Concludes that transaction costs analysis can be used to identify the strength of a pressure group, when negotiating with government over a policy, and can explain the relationships between the group, the government and other actors within the network, and the subsequent policy outcomes. Argues that trust is a key element in the policy networks, principally because it makes negotiation and exchange possible.

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GOVERNMENT ISSUES WARNING ON JUNK FAXES AND CALLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 August, 1998

The Government has issued draft regulations designed to protect consumers from unwanted direct marketing ‘junk’ faxes and phone calls.

Barbara Roche, Minister for Small Firms, said:”We all know how annoying it can be to be disturbed at home by an unsolicited phone call from a company intent on selling you something. It’s even more frustrating for a small company to have its fax machine clogged by unwanted advertising – and paying for the fax paper used.”

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PRISON AND PROBATION SERVICES REVAMPED TO AID PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 August, 1998

The Home Office has announced plans to re-align prison and probation services so that boundaries match those of other key organisations working to crack crime and disorder.

Consultation will be open until the end of November over the proposals, which
include the creation of a unified national probation service to ensure effective
enforcement of community punishments, re-naming the Probation Sevice to
reflect more accurately its role at the heart of the Criminal Justice system, and
reorganising existing Probation Service boundaries to match those of local police forces, courts, councils and the voluntary sector.

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IT AND ORGANISATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

Book News, PublicNet: 11 August, 1998

INNOVATION FOR THE 21ST CENTRURY ORGANISATION

Bob Galliers, Warwick Business School, UK and Walter Baets, Nijenrode University, Netherland.

This book discusses a holistic approach to organisations. It explores alternative organisational forms and work practices, the use and availability of information systems, evolving skill requirements, the innovative power of information technology, the creation of knowledge, and the re-shaping of industrial sectors. Presents forward looking exciting topics. Breaks the boundaries of functionally based, overly deterministic, information literature.

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