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Evolving forms of quality management in local government: lessons from the Best Value pilot programme

Lewis, Michael and Hartley, Jean (2001). Evolving forms of quality management in local government: lessons from the Best Value pilot programme. Policy & Politics, 29(4) pp. 477–496.

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between Quality Management (QM) and Best Value. It investigates how well Best Value incorporates established QM practice and moreover whether the framework has also encouraged any innovative QM developments. Conceptual and practice-centred models of local government service quality provide the structure to explore empirical evidence gathered from the Best Value pilot programme, with more specific reference to the Cumbria County Council case and a number of other shorter exemplars. The article concludes with reflection on the limitations of the study and a discussion of its managerial, governance and future research implications.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2001 The Policy Pess
ISSN: 1470-8442
Keywords: quality management; local government; innovation; case studies
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 36841
Depositing User: Beryl Ridgway
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2013 15:12
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36841
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