Abstracts: January 12th, 2000

Vincent-Jones PPublic Administration, (UK), 1999 Vol 77 No 2

Start page: 273. No of pages: 19

Examines the UK government’s proposed system for the delivery of services run by local government, which is known as Best Value, and which aims to replace the system of compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) with a more flexible system that places a duty on local councils to ensure that high quality services are delivered in the most efficient and effective manner and to work with the voluntary sector, private sector, communities and agencies in delivering these services. Compares the system of Best Value with CCT, the system it replaces, looking at the role of benchmarking, competition and contracting in achieving Best Value. Argues that the structures resulting from Best Value could have significant implications for political accountability within local government, affecting the ability of local government to respond and reflect the needs of local communities. Concludes that while Best Value may be more reflexive than CCT, it does little to reverse the changes in public sector management introduced by the previous Conservative government.

Subject(s): LOCAL GOVERNMENT, SERVICE QUALITY, COMPULSORY COMPETITIVE TENDERING, CONTRACTING OUT, ACCOUNTABILITY, UNITED KINGDOM, REGULATIONS

Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts. Style: Theoretical with application in practice

ISSN: 0033-3298. Reference: 28AY197

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