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The English Audit Commission and its Comprehensive Performance Assessment Framework for Local Government, 2002-8: Apogee of Positivism?

Davis, Paul (2011) The English Audit Commission and its Comprehensive Performance Assessment Framework for Local Government, 2002-8: Apogee of Positivism? Public Performance and Management Review, 34 (4). pp. 489-514. ISSN 1530-9576

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Abstract

This Article evaluates the English Audit Commission (AC) in its recent regulatory relations with local government. Its Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) initiative was central in defining this relationship and is taken as the key policy object here. The appraisal explores the AC’s performance in its own positivistic terms. This means focusing on the behavioural and cultural theories, institutional assumptions and rational presumptions underpinning CPA measurement. Using these three yardsticks, the overall consequences of CPA’s eight judgmental years on the local government polity are traced. Noting the tenacity of positivist thinking in English government, the argument examines two counter-factual regulatory possibilities. These are based on the diverging readings provided by interpretivism and relational materiality.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Audit Commission, local government regulation, England, positivism, managing performances
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Paul Davis
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 15:22
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2012 15:22
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1867

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