Accountability and transparency in English local government: moving from ‘matching parts’ to ‘awkward couple’?

Ferry, L., Eckersley, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9048-8529 and Zakaria, Z., 2015. Accountability and transparency in English local government: moving from ‘matching parts’ to ‘awkward couple’? Financial Accountability & Management, 31 (3), pp. 345-361. ISSN 0267-4424

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Although excessive transparency and accountability demands can have a counterproductive effect on organisational performance (Bovens, 2005), longstanding hierarchical accountability structures to ensure financial conformance in English local government continue to endure. Interestingly however, the previously top-down regime for performance accountability in English local government has been replaced by bottom-up mechanisms such as greater transparency and a more open market for public services. Using the framework developed by Hood (2010), this paper will show how such reforms mean that transparency and accountability are moving from being ‘matching parts’ to an ‘awkward couple’, and how this has significant implications for public services.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Financial Accountability & Management
Creators: Ferry, L., Eckersley, P. and Zakaria, Z.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: August 2015
Volume: 31
Number: 3
ISSN: 0267-4424
Rights: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Apr 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 09:57

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