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Policy transfer and convergence within the UK: the case of local government performance improvement regimes

Nutley, Sandra Margaret, Downe, James Daniel, Martin, Stephen James and Grace, Clive 2012. Policy transfer and convergence within the UK: the case of local government performance improvement regimes. Policy & Politics 40 (2) , pp. 193-209. 10.1332/147084411X581880

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Abstract

Analysis of the development and implementation of local government performance improvement regimes in England, Scotland and Wales over the last decade reveals congruence in policy goals but divergence in policy implementation and outcomes. The governments in all three countries had a common aim of improving local government performance. However, differences in ideology, the nature of central–local government relations, the numbers of councils and a political imperative for newly devolved administrations to be seen to pursue 'home-grown' solutions limited policy learning between different parts of the United Kingdom (UK) and in the case of Wales fuelled determined policy avoidance by policy makers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy transfer; policy convergence; local government; performance frameworks
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 0305-5736
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2019 00:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/22992

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