Archives for June 6th, 2001

MORE DOUBTS ABOUT E-GOVERNMENT 2005 TARGET

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 June, 2001

The chorus of concern about the likelihood of meeting the Government’s target to put all public services on line by 2005 is getting louder. A report to be published later this month by the European Infomatics Markets group is thought to contain a warning to Ministers that the target will not be met.The group, which is made up from a cross-party body of politicians, civil servants and technology companies, believes that the complexity of the task is not fully appreciated. It also believes that there is too great an emphasis on automating existing processes and less concern to find better ways to deliver services.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COMPANIES WANT A SHARE OF PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 June, 2001

As the polls point to a Labour victory followed by greater involvement of the private sector in delivering public services, social enterprise companies have raised their profile. Businesses that use entrepreneurial techniques to pursue social goals are bidding for an expanded role for the ‘social economy’. Social enterprise companies have a variety of social aims and trade in goods and services to create wealth and jobs and use the surpluses they generate for the benefit of their members, consumers and the community.They claim that social entrepreneurs have demonstrated the contribution that social enterprises can make to the delivery of a range of publicly funded services, including some areas of healthcare provision and childcare. They point to a growing momentum behind businesses that trade with a social purpose, as they offer value for money, and have proved adept at coming up with innovative and cost-effective ways of meeting local needs. They also argue that offering choices to public bodies and sharpening competition, makes all service providers more efficient and accountable, while promoting social empowerment and inclusion.

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TRANSFORMING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: INNOVATION AND MODERNIZATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 6 June, 2001

Janet Newman, John Raine and Chris SkelcherThis article is based on research investigating why local authorities innovate and what happens when they do. The authors show how local authorities have responded in the current climate for innovation, and explore the interaction between central policy and local action. The article demonstrates the importance of policy climate set by central government in fostering or constraining innovation at a local level. It also considers the impact of incentives and rewards and examines inter organizational relationships, including networks and partnerships.

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