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Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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Accountability and Accountable Management in the UK Public Sector

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Title:Accountability and Accountable Management in the UK Public Sector
Author(s):Christopher Humphrey, Peter Miller, Robert W. Scapens
Source:Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 6 Iss: 3
Author(s):Christopher Humphrey, Peter Miller, Robert W. Scapens
Keywords:Accountability, History, Management, Public sector accounting, United Kingdom
DOI:10.1108/09513579310042542 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Seeks to promote discussion of the pursuit of accountable management in public sector organizations by providing a commentary on post-1979 experiences with such reforms in the UK public sector. Particular attention is given to the nature and impact on the UK public sector of the neoliberal agenda which took particular charge during the Thatcher years, the position of accountable management reforms in this agenda, and some of the factors underlying the promotion, implementation, acceptance and resistance of such reforms. Explores the paradoxical nature of both neoliberalism and the accountable management reforms promoted in its name. Gives consideration to the construction and pursuit of alternative agendas and approaches regarding the provision of public services.

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