Myths, measures and modernisation: A comparison of local authority performance in England and Wales

Rhys Andrews*, George A. Boyne, Jennifer Law, Richard M. Walker

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    Abstract

    Local Authority performance in Wales is widely perceived as inferior to that in England. We analyse statistical evidence on current levels of performance and rates of improvement in the two local government systems, and find few significant differences between English and Welsh councils. Adverse judgements on Welsh local government seem to reflect perceptions of their management processes and methods of service provision rather than their substantive achievements. This may in turn be symptomatic of UK central government's assumption that public service improvement cannot be achieved unless organisations follow the specific model of 'managerial modernisation' it is currently promoting.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-75
    Number of pages22
    JournalLocal Government Studies
    Volume29
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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