Abstracts: February 5th, 2004

By George Boyne and Gareth EnticottThis article challenges the assumption of the Audit Commission that the outcomes of the Comprehensive Performance Assessment reflect the attributes of local councils rather than the circumstances in which they operate. The authors focus on councils with a ‘poor’ rating, which is the lowest of five categories. They question whether these councils are in fact distinctive. The authors argue that organizational attributes are weak predictors of CPA performance. Because CPA ratings act as the trigger for Government intervention they believe that this issue should be looked at closely.

Public Money and Management Volume 24: Issue 1. ISSN: 0954-0962