Compulsory or not compulsory: the use of competition in British local government.

Higgins, Paul and James, Philip and Roper, Ian (2004) Compulsory or not compulsory: the use of competition in British local government. Asia pacific journal of public administration, 26 (2). pp. 95-114.

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Abstract

This article examines the content and outcomes of the "competition" element of the British
Government's best value (BV) regime. It focuses on the claim that BV policy grants British
local authorities the freedom, previously absent from the former policy of compulsory
competitive tendering (CCT), to provide local services without recourse to compulsory
competition. Utilising results of a survey of BV lead officers, the article reveals that, while
the use of "competition " is far from ubiquitous, in terms of outcomes the services subject to
BV seem to be at least as likely to be provided externally as would have been the case under
CCT. Further analysis of the response of the BV inspection service to these outcomes and on
different types of service is provided.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 2309
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2009 08:35
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 15:06
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/2309

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