Abstracts: March 5th, 2003

By Stephen Cope and Jo GoodshipThis article examines the role of the Audit Commission in the delivery of public services and charts its changing role since its inception in 1983 from a financial watchdog to a delivery monitor. Though its impact on public services generally has increased, its impact is uneven between services because of their different regulatory regimes. The authors conclude that the public, however defined, has very little influence on the regulation of public services – despite official rhetoric. Consequently the role of the public in the delivery of public services represents a relatively excluded and even forgotten dimension, thus undermining claims made by the Audit Commission of acting in the public interest when monitoring the delivery of public services.

Public Money and Management volume 22 No 4. Published by Blackwell. http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk

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