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Eu programme management 1977-96: a performance indicators analysis

Levy, Roger (2001) Eu programme management 1977-96: a performance indicators analysis. Public Administration and Development, 79 (2). pp. 423-444. ISSN 0271-2075

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9299.00263


Measuring the performance of public services and programmes is now a generally accepted part of the scenery of public management. In practice, it is often honoured more in the breach than the observance owing to well-known technical and epistemological problems. In the absence of reliable performance data, normative assumptions may prevail on policy makers and managers alike which are at variance with objective reality. The critique and attempted reform of EU programme management is often based on such assumptions. This paper attempts to provide an empirical and epistemological basis to the judgment of EU programme management by identifying appropriate performance indicators, collecting data on them from audit reports over a 20-year period and constructing a methodology for analysis. Criteria for reliable sources and the effect of intervening variables on the results are discussed. The paper reviews the evidence of the aggregate data collected for the five major EU spending areas, and suggests some conclusions questioning both commonly held assumptions about, and models for, the reform of EU programme management.

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Additional Information: © 2001 Blackwell Publishers Ltd
Divisions: Management
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 10:19
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:57

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