Roadworks Ahead? Addressing Fraud, Corruption and Conflict of Interest in English Local Government

Doig, Alan (2014) Roadworks Ahead? Addressing Fraud, Corruption and Conflict of Interest in English Local Government. Local Government Studies, 40 (5). pp. 670-686. ISSN 0300-3930

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2013.859140

Abstract

The current localism agenda, and other legislative and organisational changes, will impact on English local government's capacity and commitment to address fraud, corruption and conflict of interest from both investigative and preventative perspectives. These have been issues for local government since the nineteenth century onwards, often brought to prominence during specific scandals or periods of extensive change. This article summarises the reforms in terms of a 'low road' of a control environment and of a 'high road' of an ethical governance framework, and their perceived interrelationship, up to the introduction of the Localism agenda. It discusses how far the current changes may change the emphasis between roads in returning to an amended control environment, particularly in terms of the publication of the Fighting Fraud Locally strategy. It concludes with concerns less about the various initiatives promoted by the strategy than the implications of whether councils have the capacity or commitment to continue along the high road of ethical governance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local government; fraud; corruption; localism; fighting fraud locally
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L200 Politics
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2014 08:12
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2016 12:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17603

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