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Accountability, new public management, and the problems of the Child Support Agency

Harlow, Carol (1999) Accountability, new public management, and the problems of the Child Support Agency. Journal of Law and Society, 26 (2). pp. 150-174. ISSN 0263-323X

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Abstract

This paper seeks to evaluate the accountability of Next Steps Agencies through the medium of a case study of the Child Support Agency (CSA). The CSA was widely considered to offer a substandard service to its customers. It was the subject of multiple reports by the House of Commons Social Services Select Committee, the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner, and the Public Accounts Committee. In addition, these committees had at their disposal internal reports from an adjudicator and the Child Support commissioner. The interlock between internal and external machinery for accountability is also considered.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/1185401...
Additional Information: © 1999 Blackwell Publishers
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Law
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010 14:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/7097/

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