Big change, little change?: punctuation increments and multi-layer institutional change for English local authorities under austerity

Gardner, Alison (2017) Big change, little change?: punctuation increments and multi-layer institutional change for English local authorities under austerity. Local Government Studies, 43 (2). pp. 150-169. ISSN 1743-9388

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Abstract

This paper draws on new institutionalist theories to consider how we might characterise the process and outcomes of change occurring in English local government as a result of the UK’s austerity policies. It uses national and local empirical data to argue that changes are best understood as multi-layer processes, whereby radical ‘punctuated’ shifts in national funding can be mitigated to incremental adjustments in service delivery at a local level. However, the paper also suggests that the incremental appearance of change may be temporary, and that diminishing institutional resilience and emergent discursive shifts potentially prefigure a paradigm change in local governance. Hall’s (1993) framework of policy change is used to assess the extent of change to date.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Local Government Studies on 02/01/2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/080/03003930.2016.1276451
Keywords: Local government; Austerity; New institutionalism; Change; Public administration
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Identification Number: doi:080/03003930.2016.1276451
Depositing User: Gardner, Alison
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 08:45
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 08:51
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49176

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