Local government modernization and the views of chief financial officers

Wilson, JE 2005, 'Local government modernization and the views of chief financial officers' , Public Administration, 83 (1) , pp. 221-232.

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Since its election in May 1997, the Labour Government in the United Kingdom has emphasized the need for modernization in the improvement of public services. For local government, this emphasis has led to the introduction of a variety of measures intended, primarily, to improve political management and service delivery. Two key policies have been the introduction of Best Value and the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA). CPA is used by the Audit Commission for measuring local authority performance in England and has led to each authority being classified as excellent, good, fair, weak or poor. Each authority's classification has implications, financially and in terms of its freedom to determine priorities and policies. In addition, the structure of local government is being reviewed by central government, alongside discussions as to the merits of establishing regional assemblies. In considering the justification for, and the impact of, changes, it is important to consider the views of local government employees, not least professional groupings and chief officers. This paper reports the findings of a national survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) of the single tier and county council local authorities in England to establish their views on key features of the Government's modernization agenda.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government > JS3000-6949 Europe
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Journal or Publication Title: Public Administration
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1467-9299
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2007 10:23
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/780

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