Are the 'Poor' Different? The Internal Characteristics of Local Authorities in the Five Comprehensive Performance Assessment Groups

Posted: 21 Mar 2004

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George Boyne

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Gareth Enticott

Cardiff University - School of City and Regional Planning; Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Abstract

The fate of careers, morale, financial assistance and future freedoms depend on English local councils' places in Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) groups. This article explains why the organizational attributes of local authorities are weak predictors of CPA outcomes. The authors' conclusions sit uncomfortably with the overall aims of CPA and raise important questions about the relationship between performance ratings and intervention. The article calls for more reliable data with which to classify local authorities.

Suggested Citation

Boyne, George and Enticott, Gareth, Are the 'Poor' Different? The Internal Characteristics of Local Authorities in the Five Comprehensive Performance Assessment Groups. Public Money & Management, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 11-18, January 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513870

George Boyne (Contact Author)

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

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Gareth Enticott

Cardiff University - School of City and Regional Planning ( email )

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Cardiff CF 10 3WA, Wales
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Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Centre for Local and Regional Government Research
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Cardiff, CF1 3YN
United Kingdom

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