Judicial Review Litigation as an Incentive to Change in Local Authority Public Services in England & Wales
Quality of services
56 Ciencias jurídicas y derecho
Fecha de publicación
Oxford University Press
Maurice Sunkin, Lucinda Platt and Kerman Calvo (2010): “Judicial Review Litigation as an Incentive to Change in Local Authority Public Services in England and Wales”, Journal of Public Administration Theory 20 (Supplement 2): i243-i260.
Judicial review is of growing importance to public administration in the UK but its role in relation to government remains highly contentious. There is much debate over the extent to which it is a threat that imposes costs and impairs service delivery or a positive resource that helps secure improvements in service quality. In this paper we consider the findings of the first comprehensive quantitative study of the relationships between levels of judicial review litigation and the quality of local government services. The findings indicate that judicial review may be making a positive contribution to local government in England and Wales. The paper also considers the way local government officials perceive judicial review and argues that reactions to judicial review cannot be wholly understood in terms of incentives. Judicial review makes a positive contribution to public administration and does so at least partly because it promotes values that are central to the ethos of public administration and assists officials in resolving tensions between individual and collective justice that lie at the core of their responsibilities.
This is the post-print version of the paper (with comments by reviewers). Full access in: http://jpart.oxfordjournals.org/content/20/suppl_2/i177.full%20
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