Street-level bureaucracy and public accountability

Hupe, Peter and Hill, Michael (2007) Street-level bureaucracy and public accountability Public Administration, 85 (2). pp. 279-299. ISSN 1467-9299

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Abstract

The concept of ‘ street-level bureaucracy ’ was coined by Michael Lipsky (1980) as the common denominator for what would become a scholarly theme. Since then his stress on the relative autonomy of professionals has been complemented by the insight that they are working in a micro-network of relations, in varying contexts. The conception of ‘ governance ’ adds a particular aspect to this: the multi-dimensional character of a policy system as a nested sequence of decisions. Combining these views casts a different perspective on the ways street-level bureaucrats are held accountable. In this article some axiomatic assumptions are drawn from the existing literature on the theme of street-level bureaucracy and on the conception of governance. Acknowledging variety, and arguing for contextualized research, this results in a rethinking of the issue of accountability at the street level.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1111/j.1467-9299.2007.00650.x
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:5468
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:29 Jan 2009
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