Abstracts: October 26th, 2000

Martin SPublic Administration, (UK), 2000 Vol 78 No 1

Start page: 209. No of pages: 19

Assesses the impact the ‘Best Value’ will have on local government in the UK. Discusses the differences between Best Value and compulsory competitive tendering, the system it replaces. Sees the change as indicating a shift in the relationship between central and local government, with locus of decision making moving away from the centre towards the localities. Examines the approaches that local authorities are taking to implementing Best Value, identifying four main approaches – the provision of in-house, functionally organized services; the contracting out of services to the private sector or delivering them through public-private partnerships; the integration of services around the needs of particular client groups; and the integration of services around the needs of local communities. Considers the future development of Best Value.


Style: Theoretical with application in practice

ISSN: 0033-3298. Reference: 29AL615

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