Archives for March 3rd, 1999

JUSTICE GOES ON-LINE

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 March, 1999

Opinions from the Scottish Supreme Courts are now be freely available at the touch of a mouse to lawyers, academics, students and members of the public in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM DEBATE WIDENS

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 March, 1999

A draft Bill on local government reform is due to be published next month. The Local Government Association plans to widen the debate and encourage other agencies to consider how they will be affected by the proposals. It has invited organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors to take part in a series of events, which will be chaired by Lord Hunt.

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INNOVATIONS IN PROVISION OF PUBLIC GOODS AND SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 3 March, 1999

Pinto R F
Public Administration and Development, (UK), Oct 1998 Vol 18 No 4
Start page: 387. No of pages: 11.

Argues that the global trend towards market dominance and a reduction in state intervention has led to demands for state reform in developed and developing countries. Assesses the consequent difficulties for public management practitioners in operationalizing the opposing demands for service growth and improvement and fiscal restraint. Highlights the experiences of the UK and certain countries in Central and Eastern Europe to investigate the efficacy of market-based innovations in the public sector. Outlines the basic functions of public services, namely provision, production and delivery and discusses the arguments for state control of provision together with a state exit from production and delivery. Contends that the nature of the good or service being provided determines the appropriateness of market-type innovations. Explores the debate between those who believe the state should be strong and interventionist, albeit restrained, and those who advocate a minimalist state where market-based enterprises dominate. Concludes that improvements in public services arise from a sequential approach to developing effective strategies rather than the ideological orientation, whether strong or minimalist, of the country involved.

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