• Exposure to the Law: Accountability and its impact on Street Level Bureaucracy

      Murphy, Mark; Skillen, Paul; University of Glasgow; University of Chester (Cambridge University Press, 2016-11-16)
      Little 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.