Delivering ‘public value’: implications for accountability and legitimacy

Gains, Francesca and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Delivering ‘public value’: implications for accountability and legitimacy. Parliamentary Affairs, 62, (3), 438-455. (doi:10.1093/pa/gsp007).


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The possibility that public servants can act to create ‘public value’ offers a popular and potentially liberating normative code for the activity of public managers.1 The adoption of the concept however implies a changed understanding of legitimacy and accountability for policy actions. It is argued this new ‘public service contract’ is likely to be easier to adopt in local settings than in the core executive although in neither case is the adoption of new modes of working between politicians, officials and citizens unproblematic. Old codes and informal ways of thinking provide an awkward backcloth for the adoption of public value as a guideline for public management.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/pa/gsp007
ISSNs: 0031-2290 (print)
1460-2482 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 80270
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Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:16

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