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Party Control, Party Competition and Public Service Performance

Boyne, George Alexander, James, O., John, P. and Petrovsky, Nicolai 2012. Party Control, Party Competition and Public Service Performance. British Journal of Political Science 42 (3) , pp. 641-660. 10.1017/S0007123411000482

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This article assesses party effects on the performance of public services. A policy-seeking model, hypothesizing that left and right party control affects performance, and an instrumental model, where all parties strive to raise performance, are presented. The framework also suggests a mixed model in which party effects are contingent on party competition, with parties raising performance as increasing party competition places their control of government at increasing risk. These models are tested against panel data on English local governments’ party control and public service performance. The results question the traditional account of left and right parties, showing a positive relationship between right-wing party control and performance that is contingent on a sufficiently high level of party competition. The findings suggest left–right models should be reframed for the contemporary context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 21/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0007-1234
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 04:00

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