Exposure to the Law: Accountability and its impact on Street Level Bureaucracy
AffiliationUniversity of Glasgow; University of Chester
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AbstractLittle research has been conducted exploring the relationship between public sector accountability and the law. This is a significant oversight given the potential for this relationship to cause unintended consequences around issues of liability, especially in the context of a growing litigation culture. The purpose of the current research is to explore this relationship, using qualitative studies of public sector professionals in England. The findings of the study suggest that increasing emphasis on accountability has led to a growing magnification of legal risk in the public sector, with consequences for the ways in public sector professionals perceive their relations with the public.
CitationMurphy, M., & Skillen, P. (2017). Exposure to the law: Accountability and its impact on street-level bureaucracy. Social Policy and Society, 17(1), 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000506
PublisherCambridge University Press
JournalSocial Policy and Society
DescriptionThis article has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to peer review and/or editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in Social Policy and Society published by Cambridge University Press. Copyright.
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