External Regulation and Best Value in Local Government

Posted: 20 Nov 2000

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George Boyne

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School


Best Value has been presented by central government as a means of promoting local diversity and innovation. However, it contains a large superstructure for regulating the behaviour and performance of local authorities, through performance indicators, audit, and inspection. The characteristics of these regulatory instruments are analysed and their potential strengths and weaknesses are assessed. The instruments overlap not only with local authorities' own internal management processes, but also with each other. Therefore it is concluded that the costs of regulation may outweigh the benefits.

Suggested Citation

Boyne, George, External Regulation and Best Value in Local Government. Public Money & Management, Vol. 20, No. 3, July 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=243061

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