Archives for February 21st, 2006

PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

Book News, PublicNet: 21 February, 2006

By Owen E Hughes.In recent years there has been a transformation in the management of the public sector. The rigid, bureaucratic form of public administration which dominated for most of the Twentieth-century has been replaced by a flexible, market-based form of public management. Public Management and Administration introduces and assesses the principles and theories underlying changes in the management of the public sector. Systematically revised and updated throughout, the third edition of this highly successful text includes a new chapter on the impact of e-governance and expanded coverage of financial and performance management.

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COMMUNITY TV NETWORKS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 February, 2006

Dedicated television networks broadcasting community safety information directly to local people are being installed across the UK. Large screens are set up in prime locations throughout the district where people congregate. Typical sites include hospital waiting rooms, schools, fast food outlets and leisure centres.The networks continuously broadcast local information, such as road closures and community safety messages to help combat crime and reduce the fear of crime, as well as national news, sport and weather. They also include advice on preventing domestic burglary, car crime, mobile phone theft and encourage the reporting of domestic violence and racial harassment. Emergency Hotline Response telephones are frequently installed near the screens to enable the public to respond to appeals and to make contact with partnership agencies. Some also carry missing persons appeals.

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TEENAGERS GANG UP FOR SAFETY

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 February, 2006

Groups of teenagers ‘hanging out’ on the streets may look intimidating, but young people often gang together with friends as a way of keeping safe and avoiding trouble, according to a study of parents and children in disadvantaged communities for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.The research with families in four neighbourhoods of Glasgow found that young people pooled their detailed local knowledge to avoid hazards, including violence from more organised gangs and aggression from adults with drink and drug problems. They took responsibility for keeping themselves and friends safe by moving around in groups and looking out for each other, using mobile phones to stay in touch.

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