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Accountability, New Public Management, and the Problems of the Child Support Agency

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This paper seeks to evaluate the accountability of Next Steps Agencies through the medium of a case study of the Child Support Agency (CSA). The CSA was widely considered to offer a substandard service to its customers. It was the subject of multiple reports by the House of Commons Social Services Select Committee, the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner, and the Public Accounts Committee. In addition, these committees had at their disposal internal reports from an adjudicator and the Child Support commissioner. The interlock between internal and external machinery for accountability is also considered.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Publication date: 01 June 1999

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