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Politicians' use of performance information in Flemish municipalities

Bénédicte Buylen UGent and Johan Christiaens UGent (2010) EURAM Conference, 10th, Papers.
abstract
Politicians have a different perspective on performance than the perspective implied in the NPM model. Political and economic rationality generate divergent objectives. Previous research has come to rather sceptical conclusions about the acceptance and use of performance information by local politicians. This dissertation attempts to answer the question of how important performance information is for local politicians in their daily policy-¬¬ and decision- making role. The research builds on empirical findings and attempts to evidence the presupposed patterns of use. We particularly focus on politicians’ assignment as policymakers in the administrative context of municipalities. Combining different dimensions (e.g. social, cultural, political) in the analysis of change processes the institutional framework will be used in searching answers for the discrepancy and the paradox between intended and actual use in practice of performance related documents. Institutional theory, sociological institutionalism and ter Bogt’s and Van Helden’s framework for studying organisational change might provide a basis to explore and analyse the reasons for using NPM like instruments in public sector organisations and their effects (ter Bogt, 2008a: 217). Data are collected from the Flemish city councils official reports completed with case and field study research. Preliminary findings suggest that the status of performance information in municipalities is still very precarious.
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subject
keyword
performance information, local government, New Public Management
in
EURAM Conference, 10th, Papers
pages
15 pages
publisher
European Academy of Management (EURAM)
conference name
10th EURAM Conference (EURAM 2010)
conference location
Rome, Italy
conference start
2010-05-19
conference end
2010-05-22
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
additional info
proposal of doctoral dissertation
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
1181171
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1181171
date created
2011-03-02 17:07:38
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2011-03-09 15:11:20
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  author       = {Buylen, B{\'e}n{\'e}dicte and Christiaens, Johan},
  booktitle    = {EURAM Conference, 10th, Papers},
  keyword      = {performance information,local government,New Public Management},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Rome, Italy},
  pages        = {15},
  publisher    = {European Academy of Management (EURAM)},
  title        = {Politicians' use of performance information in Flemish municipalities},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Buylen, Bénédicte, and Johan Christiaens. 2010. “Politicians’ Use of Performance Information in Flemish Municipalities.” In EURAM Conference, 10th, Papers. European Academy of Management (EURAM).
APA
Buylen, B., & Christiaens, J. (2010). Politicians’ use of performance information in Flemish municipalities. EURAM Conference, 10th, Papers. Presented at the 10th EURAM Conference (EURAM 2010), European Academy of Management (EURAM).
Vancouver
1.
Buylen B, Christiaens J. Politicians’ use of performance information in Flemish municipalities. EURAM Conference, 10th, Papers. European Academy of Management (EURAM); 2010.
MLA
Buylen, Bénédicte, and Johan Christiaens. “Politicians’ Use of Performance Information in Flemish Municipalities.” EURAM Conference, 10th, Papers. European Academy of Management (EURAM), 2010. Print.