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THERE IS NO LONGER A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR

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  • Submitted: 13/03/2007
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University Degree UK Government & Parliamentary Studies

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THERE IS NO LONGER A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR

The last twenty years have seen major changes within the public sector. The conservative government changes during the 1980's to 1990's saw them introduce improved services and long awaited improved efficiencies in the welfare state for instance. The reforms which took place by the conservative government, and latterly by the Labour government completely altered the way in which public sector management is carried out, thus leading us to the statement "There is no longer a difference between management of the public and private sector".

Without a clear measurement of success, the public sector has often had measures imposed upon it in the form of performance indicators. Such indicators usually concentrate on a quantitative approach, examining elements of service, which can be measured (e.g. school truancy levels, hospital waiting times). Whilst many such indicators are important in the measurement of economy and efficiency, they are limited in accurately appraising effectiveness, which can only be properly examined through qualitative methods. The largest external influences resulting in the change in public sector in the last twenty years is political, legal, economic and socio cultural. The political

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