Best value and workplace partnership in local government

Upchurch, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9143-993X, Richardson, Mike, Tailby, Stephanie, Danford, Andy and Stewart, Paul (2005) Best value and workplace partnership in local government. Personnel review, 34 (6) . pp. 713-728. ISSN 0048-3486 [Article]

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper explores employee experiences concerning job security/insecurity, workload, job satisfaction and employee involvement in the aftermath of Best Value reviews in a local authority.
Design/methodology/approach – Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques employees’ experiences of Best Value reviews in a local authority are compared and contrasted with council staff employed elsewhere in the authority to establish the extent to which
workplace partnership principles have taken hold under a Best Value regime.
Findings – Little evidence of positive outcomes was found from partnership at work under a Best Value regime. The constraints imposed by central government, under which managers in the public sector operate, contributed significantly to partnership at work remaining little more than a hollow shell.
Originality/value – This paper provides a recent in-depth case study of the experience of workplace partnership, which was developed not discrete from but as part of the Best Value modernisation programme in a local authority.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue on employment relations and public services: "Modernisation under Labour."
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
ISI Impact: 6
Item ID: 1429
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 10:57
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 04:18
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/1429

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