An overview of scrutiny: A triumph of context over structure
UNSPECIFIED. (2004) An overview of scrutiny: A triumph of context over structure. LOCAL GOVERNMENT STUDIES, 30 (4). pp. 538-556. ISSN 0300-3930Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0300393042000318987
Overview and scrutiny committees were intended to provide a counterbalance to executive decision-making. This paper presents an 'audit' of local government scrutiny based upon research conducted over the last five years. Three key findings emerge from the review of evidence to date: the research findings are remarkably consistent over time and between authors: all research concludes that, in general, overview and scrutiny is still struggling; although a mixed picture emerges when examining progress on individual roles for scrutiny. Indeed, research indicates that scrutiny is - in some authorities - making a valuable contribution it? terms of policy review but is still,failing to hold the executive to account effectively. The relationship between scrutiny and performance management remains underdeveloped, whilst external scrutiny constitutes a marginal activity for most authorities. The paper concludes that such findings reflect the importance of local political and organisational factors which dictate the boundaries and shape of overview and scrutiny: representing a triumph of local context over government-prescribed structural and constitutional change.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
|Journal or Publication Title:||LOCAL GOVERNMENT STUDIES|
|Publisher:||FRANK CASS CO LTD|
|Number of Pages:||19|
|Page Range:||pp. 538-556|
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