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Support for active citizenship and public service performance: an empirical analysis of English local authorities

Andrews, Rhys William, Cowell, Richard John Westley and Downe, James Daniel 2008. Support for active citizenship and public service performance: an empirical analysis of English local authorities. Policy & Politics 36 (2) , pp. 225-243. 10.1332/030557308783995044

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Abstract

Government efforts to increase civic engagement are predicated, in part, on the belief that this will lead to better public services. This assumption is tested by analysing the impact of different approaches to supporting active citizenship in English local authorities on their recorded service performance in 2005. Performance and support for active citizenship are modelled using data drawn from a national survey and secondary sources. The results suggest that councils which aim to promote understanding of citizenship among the public are more likely to have higher service performance, but that those which aim to increase citizen engagement in local governance are associated with lower performance in deprived areas.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active Citizenship; Public service performance; Local Authorities; England
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 0305-5736
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 20:54
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18461

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