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Knowledge creation and transfer in the Beacon Scheme: improving services through sharing good practice

Rashman, Lyndsay; Downe, James and Hartley, Jean (2006). Knowledge creation and transfer in the Beacon Scheme: improving services through sharing good practice. In: Martin, Steve ed. Public Service Improvement: Policies, Progress and Prospects. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 152–170.

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The improvement of public services has become a key priority for all the main political parties in the UK. Recent years have witnessed large, real terms increases in spending on public services and a plethora of new initiatives designed to drive up standards in the Heath Service, schools, the police and local government.

As part of this broader picture the Government has launched major reforms that it hopes will transform local authority performance. Councils have had to develop new ways of delivering services. They have been under pressure to achieve 'stretch targets' and to work in partnership with other local agencies to provide more 'joined up' services. More recently ministers have also stepped up the pressure on them to achieve major efficiency savings through better procurement and working practices.

To date relatively little has been written about these developments. This book fills this gap by bringing togther authoritative analysis of current reforms ythrough speically commisioned chapters by leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners who have been closely involved in the development and implementation of these policies.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Local Government Studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2006 Taylor & Frances
ISBN: 0-415-37626-2, 978-0-415-37626-6
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: 36977
Depositing User: Beryl Ridgway
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 11:11
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:14
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