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Does governance perform? Concepts, evidence, causalities, and research strategies

Skelcher, Chris (2008) Does governance perform? Concepts, evidence, causalities, and research strategies. In: Managing to Improve Public Services. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 3-23. ISBN 978-0-521-70827-2

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This chapter explores the relationship between the new forms of public governance and public service performance, and provide an agenda for research. The chapter starts with a discussion of the two key concepts - governance and performance – and then explores the theoretical relationship between them. In the next section, the focus turns to the empirical evidence on the impact of governance forms on organisational performance, which is found to be limited. The chapter then explores two ways forward for research. One approach is to examine the multiple possible causalities between governance and performance. The other is to adopt an interpretivist approach to the critical examination of the sets of governance design solutions embedded in prevailing discourses. The paper argues that this offers practical benefits for those engaged in designing governance arrangements that are intended to enhance performance.

Type of Work:Book Section
Date:2008 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Institute of Local Government Studies
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Keywords:governance, performance, public service, government
Subjects:JA Political science (General)
JF Political institutions (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Cambridge University Press
ID Code:792
Refereed:YES
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