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Judicial review litigation as an incentive to change in local authority public services in England and Wales

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  • Platt, Lucinda
  • Sunkin, Maurice
  • Calvo, Kerman

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In this paper we consider the relationship 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 cannot be wholly understood in terms of incentives. Judicial review makes a positive contribution to public administration 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.

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  • Platt, Lucinda & Sunkin, Maurice & Calvo, Kerman, 2009. "Judicial review litigation as an incentive to change in local authority public services in England and Wales," ISER Working Paper Series 2009-05, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2009-05
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    1. Gregg, Paul & Grout, Paul A. & Ratcliffe, Anita & Smith, Sarah & Windmeijer, Frank, 2011. "How important is pro-social behaviour in the delivery of public services?," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(7-8), pages 758-766, August.
    2. Calvo, Kerman & Platt, Lucinda & Sunkin, Maurice, 2007. "Does judicial review influence the quality of Local Authority Services?," ISER Working Paper Series 2007-34, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
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