Decentralising Public Service Management

Decentralising Public Service Management

Paperback Government Beyond the Centre

By (author) Christopher Pollitt, By (author) Etc., By (author) Johnston Birchall, By (author) Keith Putman

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 14mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 30 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333694031
  • ISBN 13: 9780333694039
  • Sales rank: 1,630,694

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"Decentralise authority and let managers manage" has been an almost universal message in UK public services over the last 15 years. But does it really work? This study attempts to show that behind the ministerial rhetoric, the experiences of NHS trusts, grant maintained schools and housing associations were in practice distinctly mixed. The text offers a theoretical analysis of the origins and results of decentralized public management in the UK.

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Author information

CHRISTOPHER POLLITT is Professor of Government and Co-Director of the Centre for the Evaluation of Public Policy and Practice, Brunel University. JOHNSTON BIRCHALL is Lecturer in Government, Brunel University. He has published extensively on housing policy and the Co-operative movement. KEITH PUTMAN is a Research Assistant and school teacher.

Table of contents

Introduction Theories and Concepts Reform Doctrines Roads to Freedom? Decentralised Management of NHS Trusts Decentralised Management of Secondary Schools Decentralised Management of Socially Rented Housing Freedom, Performance and Accountability Research Design and Methodology