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The evaluation of public service inspection: A theoretical framework

Boyne, George Alexander, Day, Patricia and Walker, Richard Mark 2002. The evaluation of public service inspection: A theoretical framework. Urban Studies 39 (7) , pp. 1197-1212. 10.1080/00420980220135563

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Inspection is an important and growing element of the regulation of public services. We develop a theoretical framework for the evaluation of inspection and illustrate the practical relevance of this framework with reference to the new Best Value inspectorate for UK local government. The framework contains three elements that facilitate the effectiveness of an inspection system (a director, a detector and an effector), five potential problems that impede its effectiveness (resistance, ritual compliance, regulatory capture, performance ambiguity and information gaps) and a pivotal mediating variable which is the expertise of inspectors. We combine these variables into a matrix that can be used as a checklist for the evaluation of inspection and we identify hypotheses concerning the circumstances that lead to successful inspection outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0042-0980
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 04:01

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