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Children’s services in the iron cage of performance management: street-level bureaucracy and the spectre of Švejkism
Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Abstract:  Recent UK government reforms have introduced a range of measures to regulate practice in child welfare, with professional work increasingly structured into formal processes embedded in information technology. This… read more

Risk, Instrumentalism and the Humane Project in Social Work: Identifying the Informal Logics of Risk Management in Children’s Statutory Services
Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Abstract: This paper addresses growing professional discontents with the increasing formalisation of social work practice exerted through systems of risk management and audit. Drawing on an ESRC-funded study of… read more

Design-based regulation and patient safety: a regulatory studies perspective
Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Abstract: The optimal choice of regulatory approach for securing patient safety is an important problem. In this review article, we show how insights from the field of regulatory studies… read more

Special Issue of JPART on Incentives edited by George Boyne and Christopher Hood
Monday, June 28th, 2010

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol 20 (Suppl. 2) July 2010 This special issue on ‘incentives’ in one of the world’s top public administration journals was edited… read more

2020 Public Services Trust Publications
Friday, June 18th, 2010

In December 2008, the Public Services Trust launched a major new Commission on 2020 Public Services, chaired by Sir Andrew Foster, to recommend the characteristics of a new public… read more

Dans quelle mesure la privation affecte-t-elle le travail des autorités locales anglaises?
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Gutiérrez Romero, R., Haubrich D. and McLean I (2010) ‘Dans quelle mesure la privation affecte-t-elle le travail des autorités locales anglaises?’ (To what extent does deprivation affect the work of English local… read more

Analysing Societal Regulatory Control Systems with Specific Reference to Higher Education in England
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Abstract:  The purpose of this paper is to analyse the nature of societal regulatory control systems developing an analytical framework drawing from Jurgen Habermas’ notion of “steering” and an understanding… read more

Performance Management Systems: A Conceptual Model
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Abstract: This paper builds on the view that too much attention in the management, management control and management accounting literatures has been given to ex post performance measurement as… read more

Editorial: Evaluation Special Issue
Monday, May 10th, 2010

A special issue of Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, Vol. 16, No. 1 was edited by Deborah Wilson, PSP Deputy Director, and Oliver James, Programme… read more

The Value of Choice in Public Policy
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Abstract: Conceptualizing and measuring choice is problematic both in theory and in practice. Measuring by counting the alternatives seems counter-intuitive as a smaller set of better or more diverse… read more

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