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Regulation inside government: processes and impacts of inspection of local public services

Downe, James Daniel and Martin, Stephen James 2007. Regulation inside government: processes and impacts of inspection of local public services. Policy & Politics 35 (2) , pp. 215-232. 10.1332/030557307780712997

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Abstract

Previous research has highlighted an unprecedented increase in the scale, scope and intensity of regulation inside government in the UK, and growing concerns about its cost and effectiveness. Empirical analysis of 'BestValue' inspections of local government suggests that the processes of inspection were transparent and applied in a reasonably consistent manner. However, the direct and indirect costs were high; the fragmented nature of inspection regimes posed significant problems for inspected bodies; the adversarial nature of inspections militated against self-assessment; and there was little meaningful involvement by service users.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: REGULATION INSIDE GOVERNMENT; INSPECTION; PUBLIC SERVICE AGREEMENT; AUDIT COMMISSION
ISSN: 14708442
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 08:39
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2608

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