Archives for April 3rd, 2002

LABOUR’S COLLECTIVISM

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 April, 2002

A new report argues that by regulation, threat or legislation, the powerand intrusiveness of the state has grown steadily over the last fiveyears.’Statism by Stealth: New Labour, new collectivism’, published by theright-leaning Centre for Policy Studies, points to Governmentinterference on topics as broad as the shape of models on the catwalk,banks’ provision of services to people who are not customers, the amountof homework five year old children should do, the amount of red meat tobe served for school dinners and the insistence that employers must bansmoking in the office unless they install ventilation systems orsegregate smokers in a separate room.

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MORE PATIENTS ON BOOKED APPOINTMENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 April, 2002

More than five million National Health Service patients across Englandare now getting booked admissions for their hospital appointment oroperation.Booked admissions were introduced in 1998 after the NHS Plan promisedthat waiting lists for hospital appointments and admission would beabolished by 2005 and replaced with booking systems giving all patientsa choice of a convenient time within a guaranteed maximum waiting time.

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THE COMPETENT BOUNDARY SPANNER

Abstracts, PublicNet: 3 April, 2002

Paul WilliamsStrategic alliances, joint working arrangements, networks, partnerships and many other forms of collaboration across sectoral and organizational boundaries currently proliferate across the policy landscape. However, little attention is given to the pivotal role of individual actors in the management of inter-organizational relationships. This paper attempts to redress this balance by focusing on the skills, competencies and behaviour of boundary spanners. It provides a critical review literature and describes new research about groups of particular types of boundary spanner using a combination of surveys and in-depth interviews.

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