Best value and workplace partnership in local government

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Upchurch, M., Richardson, M., Tailby, S., Danford, A. and Stewart, P. 2005. Best value and workplace partnership in local government. Personnel Review. 34 (6), pp. 713-728.
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TitleBest value and workplace partnership in local government
AuthorsUpchurch, M., Richardson, M., Tailby, S., Danford, A. and Stewart, P.
Abstract

Purpose – This paper explores employee experiences concerning job security/insecurity, workload, job satisfaction and employee involvement in the aftermath of Best Value reviews in a local authority.
Design/methodology/approach – Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques employees’ experiences of Best Value reviews in a local authority are compared and contrasted with council staff employed elsewhere in the authority to establish the extent to which
workplace partnership principles have taken hold under a Best Value regime.
Findings – Little evidence of positive outcomes was found from partnership at work under a Best Value regime. The constraints imposed by central government, under which managers in the public sector operate, contributed significantly to partnership at work remaining little more than a hollow shell.
Originality/value – This paper provides a recent in-depth case study of the experience of workplace partnership, which was developed not discrete from but as part of the Best Value modernisation programme in a local authority.

Research GroupEmployment Relations group
PublisherEmerald
JournalPersonnel Review
ISSN0048-3486
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Print2005
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Deposited10 Mar 2009
Output statusPublished
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Special issue on employment relations and public services: "Modernisation under Labour."

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