Archives for September 27th, 2000

THE GOVERNANCE NARRATIVE

Book News, PublicNet: 27 September, 2000

By R A W RhodesThe author provides a personal interpretation of the key findings of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Whitehall Programme. It tells the distinctive story of ‘governance’ – of fragmentation, networks, unintended consequences and diplomacy – challenging the dominant, managerial account of change in British government since 1979. He presents a view of the world in which networks rival markets and bureaucracy as ways of allocating resources and co-ordinating policy and its implementation.

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ELECTRONIC DETERRANT TO YOUTH CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 September, 2000

Electronic tagging, pagers and voice verification systems will be used in a scheme to check on the whereabouts of some 2500 persistent young offenders in a scheme to be launched in April 2001. It is estimated that about 25% of youth crime is committed by 3% of young offenders and targeted monitoring is thought to offer the prospect of cost effective crime reduction.Electronic tagging will allow checks to be made twice daily on the whereabouts of young offenders. Some offenders will be provided with pagers which will automatically remind them to call in. Calls will be recorded automatically and the voice verification system will be programmed only to accept calls from the offender.

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CALL FOR RETHINK OF INSPECTION ROLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 September, 2000

The increasing use of inspection to drive up performance of public services has led to an alliance of organisation in the health service and local government to call for a rethink of the inspection role. The Institute for Public Policy Research, the NHS Confederation, the Local Government Association and the Improvement and Development Association believe that inspection can play a more effective role in the Government’s proposals for public sector reform, but a culture change is needed for this to happen.The issue has become important because the inspection business is expanding rapidly. The Best Value inspection of local government was introduced recently and the NHS Plan proposes a comprehensive inspection regime for the health service.

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