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The ethical framework for local government in England: is it having any effect and why?

Cowell, Richard John Westley ORCID:, Downe, James Daniel ORCID: and Morgan, Karen 2011. The ethical framework for local government in England: is it having any effect and why? Public Management Review 13 (3) , pp. 433-457. 10.1080/14719037.2011.553292

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This paper presents the findings of research which examined the impacts of a programme of ethics regulation introduced in England in the year 2000 (the `ethical framework'), which was intended to improve the conduct of elected local councillors. We found that the ethical framework had contributed to improved behaviour, but the impacts have been highly uneven between councils, reflecting the wider contextual conditions – managerial, political and social – which shape behaviours in particular organisations. In some councils, we observed monitoring officers, leaders and party groups working together pro-actively to maintain high standards, underpinned by a strong, positive identification with the council as a civic institution. In those local councils suffering persistent issues with councillor conduct, these processes tended not to be operating. Our research also highlights the particular challenges that arise with regulating conduct in a party political context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resource management
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1471-9045
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 10:46

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