Archives for March 20th, 2002

HOUSING SHORT ON MODERNISING SKILLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 March, 2002

A new survey of social housing providers shows concern that the pace of change in the sector could be hampered by a lack of skills.The survey has been undertaken by Zurich Municipal Management Services ahead of this week’s National Housing Federation (NHF) Finance Conference 2002.

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ONLINE POLICY RESOURCE GOES LIVE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 March, 2002

A new resource offering public policy makers access to vital information is now on-line. ‘Policy Hub’ has been developed by the Government’s Centre for Management and Policy Studies (CMPS) to support evidence-based policy making.The initiative aims to provide policy makers, experts and implementers with a shared base of evidence and analysis.

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GOVERNANCE IN WHITEHALL

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 March, 2002

Matthew FlindersGovernance theory raises questions about the coordination of complex social systems and the evolving role of the state within that process. This article examines the British Labour governments’ attempts to facilitate cross-departmental inter-organizational collaboration within Whitehall in an attempt to develop innovative responses to seemingly intractable social problems. The government’s desire and strategy to increase its capacity to orchestrate ‘joined-up’ government can be interpreted as both an acceptance and a response to the challenges of modern governance. The article locates the structural, procedural and cultural responses to this challenge within the framework of governance theory. It concludes by suggesting that meaningful change in the way public policy is designed and implemented may well demand a more deep seated reappraisal of the structure of Whitehall and the dominant values of the British political elite than is currently anticipated.

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