Archives for November 18th, 1998

COUNCILS NEED INFLUENCE, NOT CONTROL

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 November, 1998

One of the leading groups calling for a change in thinking in local government has joined business in speaking out against returning full power over business rates to councils.Professor Gerry Stoker, chair of the Local Government Network, said: ‘The full return of business rates to local authority control is part of an old agenda that has to be challenged.’

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NEW DETAIL ON CLINICAL AUDIT

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 November, 1998

Health Secretary Frank Dobson has given fresh details on the arrangements for tightening up on clinical standards.He told a clinical audit conference in Harrogate the aim was to prevent tragedies like the one at Bristol, rather than apportion blame afterwards.

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GOVERNING IN THE INFORMATION AGE

Book News, PublicNet: 18 November, 1998

Christine Bellamy and John A TaylorThis ground breaking study provides a balanced investigation into the significance of the so-called ‘information age’ to contemporary government. It examines available perspectives on the relationship between information and communication technology and social change, and applies them to the organisation and practice of governing and governance in the UK. In particular, it assesses current debates on the New Public Management, the reinvention of government, the new public consumerism and ‘electronic democracy’ in the light of these perspectives. It also examines the implication of stances on public policy relating to the ‘information superhighway’.

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