UK local government: the impact of modernization on departmentalism

Cole, Michael and Fenwick, John (2003) UK local government: the impact of modernization on departmentalism. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 69 (2). pp. 259-270. ISSN 0020-8523

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The issue of departmentalism has been a recurring theme in discussions about UK local government. In this article the implications of the Labour Government's modernization agenda for departmentalism in local authorities are considered and assessed. In particular, the potential impact of the political management reforms, Best Value, the rise of the regulation agenda and community governance and partnership working is discussed. An analysis of executive committees, scrutiny committees and Best Value investigations in the shire counties and the London boroughs and a case study of Devon County Council are used to support this discussion. The article concludes that the modernization agenda is exerting pressure towards more cross-departmental models of working.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local government
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2008 14:08
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 10:05

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