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Ratings and Rankings of Public Service Performance
Monday, September 15th, 2008

A special issue of International Public Management Journal, Vol. 11 Issue 3 National and international rankings and ratings of public service performance have become common place today. Supporters claim… read more

Best Value Audits in Scotland: Winning Without Scoring?
Friday, July 25th, 2008

Abstract: Best Value audits have encouraged improvements in the corporate capacity of Scottish local authorities. They are seen by local government as credible and, in contrast to Comprehensive Performance… read more

Has Devolution Improved Public Services?
Friday, July 25th, 2008

Abstract: Since devolution in 1999, the Welsh assembly government claims to have developed an approach to public services reform which is better suited to the needs of Wales than… read more

Changing the Guard or Moving the Deckchairs: Political Change and Performance Change in English Local Government
Friday, July 25th, 2008

Executive Summary: We assess whether politics matters for the service performance of local authorities in England. Does the party in control of the council make any difference to the… read more

Does Political Change Affect Senior Management Turnover? An Empirical Analysis of Top-Tier Local Authorities in England
Friday, July 25th, 2008

Executive Summary: Is managerial turnover in the public sector insulated from party politics, or does political change lead to managerial change? We draw on political science, public administration and… read more

Democracy and Government Performance: Holding Incumbents Accountable in English Local Governments
Friday, July 25th, 2008

Executive Summary: We evaluate theories linking public service performance to the vote share of incumbent administrations in local government. We assess models where electorates react proportionately even to small… read more

Executive Succession in English Local Government
Friday, July 25th, 2008

Executive Summary: What is the extent of senior management turnover across English local authorities, and why is it higher in some authorities than others? What are the external and… read more

Attitudes towards a ‘British’ institution: Comparing public views of the NHS in England and Scotland
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Ormston, R. & Curtice, J. (2007), Attitudes towards a ‘British’ institution: Comparing public views of the NHS in England and Scotland, Scottish Affairs, 61 (Autumn 2007), pp.50-73 

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Carrot and sticks? The Community Care Act (2003) and the effect of financial incentives on delays in discharge from hospitals in England
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Background The belief that many delays in discharge from hospital were caused by social service departments (SSDs) led to the Community Care Act 2003 giving NHS hospitals in England… read more

The once and future pioneers? The innovative capacity of voluntary organisations and the provision of public services: A longitudinal approach
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Abstract: The prior history of voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) as pioneers of public services during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century has lead to reification of the… read more

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