Archives for March 12th, 2001

ARE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS REALLY SPECIAL?

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 March, 2001

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) is describing ‘special needs’ in education as a new growth industry – and at a conference tomorrow (Tuesday, March 13) will suggest it exists to prop up poor teaching.The right-of-centre think tank is hosting a half-day, cross-party conference on special needs at the Institution of Civil Engineers building in Great George Street, London.

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TAKE STOCK NOW – COUNCILS WARNED

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 March, 2001

Local councils have been warned by their own organisation to modernise more quickly ahead of the responsibilities faced in the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.The call from the Local Government Association (LGA), has come after compiling a report to build a picture of where councils are in their responses to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.

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MANAGERIALISM IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – VICTORIA AUSTRALIA

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 March, 2001

Van Gramberg B, Teicher JThe International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), 2000 Vol 13 No 5

Start page: 476. No of pages: 17

Investigates the extent to which privatization of public sector services has meant empowerment for public sector managers and a ‘hands off’ approach by central government. Explores the situation of local government in Victoria, Australia; argues that a highly interventionist strategy was played by central Government in implementing municipal reform programme between 1992 and 1996. Describes the nature of this reform programme and argues that these reforms restrict the autonomy and managerial freedom of local government. Uses a large city council to examine the areas of – the purchaser-provider split (Compulsory Competitive Tendering), strategy formation, contractualism, financial management and quality management. Discusses six possible causes for the gap between managerial theory and practice; concludes by arguing that managerial strategy has been repressed; highlights how the emphasis on centrally imposed requirements supported by legislative compulsion and financial constraints has had severe repercussions for the development of the managerialist model.

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