Best value in Welsh Local Government: Progress and prospects

George A. Boyne*, Julian Gould-Williams, Jennifer Law, Richard Walker

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The development and distinctive characteristics of Best Value in Wales are analysed on the basis of an extensive set of interviews with elected members and officers in all of the Welsh pilot authorities. The close relationship between the Welsh Office and the Welsh Local Government Association lias shaped the Best Value regime. These organisations have steered the formulation of the policy, and have drivem its implementation at a faster pace than in England. A consequence is that Welsh pilots have confronted difficult issues concerning performance plans and service reviews ahead of their English counterparts. The prospects for the implementation of Best Value are evaluated on the basis of Welsh pilots' experience with the first wave of 127 service reviews.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Local Services
Subtitle of host publicationFrom CCT to Best Value
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315039695
ISBN (Print)071465020X, 9780714650203
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2013

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