Abstracts: April 30th, 1999

Bichard M
Public Administration and Development, (UK), Oct 1998 Vol 18 No 4
Start page: 327. No of pages: 7

Contends that the public sector in the UK is in crisis and has no agenda for change or modernization. Proposes a modernizing agenda for the UK covering the areas of policy process, management and delivery. Argues that the modernization of policy process must address the question as to what the essential ingredients of good policy are in a changing society. Suggests that there should be greater input from those who deliver policy and participation by the wider community; that good policy needs time; that there must be clarity as to what the policy is designed to achieve, requiring good presentation and communication; that there should be contingency planning; and that policies should be evidence-based and good value for money. Discusses the conditions for modernizing management, focusing particularly on leadership qualities. Describes the four issues believed to be central to the modernization of delivery – a focus on clients; better use of local partnerships; an increased capacity for government and parliament to work together; and a more effective use of technology. Concludes that an unwillingness to address these three areas will result in little being done.

Subject(s): UNITED KINGDOM, PUBLIC SECTOR, POLICY, MANAGEMENT, DELIVERY, CONTINGENCY PLANNING, LEADERSHIP, TECHNOLOGY
Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts
Style: Journalistic. ISSN: 0271-2075. Reference: 28AA711

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