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A comparison of Local Authority performance in England and Wales

Andrews, Rhys William ORCID:, Boyne, George Alexander, Law, Jennifer and Walker, Richard 2002. A comparison of Local Authority performance in England and Wales. [Discussion Paper]. Cardiff: Local and Regional Government Research Unit. Available at:

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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’ that it is currently promoting.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Local and Regional Government Research Unit
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:09

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