|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Andrew Flynn|
This module introduces the governmental context in which spatial planning, housing and transport operates and shows how European, national, regional and local government interact in the planning sphere. The current modernisation of local government is addressed. The tensions between management approaches driven by competition and democracy, between public and private management and the use of private sector management techniques in public service organisations are considered. The module grounds students in key contemporary issues including: best value, performance measurement, quality and inter-organisational partnerships.
To be taught by a combination of traditional lectures (e.g. involving whole group survey and question/answer sessions), workshops and guest lectures.
This module combines lectures, seminars and videos in order to give students a varied learning experience and also to expose them to other people’s, and indeed ‘real world’, views. Lectures are intended to describe, explain and illustrate key empirical processes and trends, and their relations to current changes in the management of local government. Guest speakers will provide expert insight into different areas of local government.
There are two pieces of coursework;
The first will involve designing a poster revealing local government services and their performance in an area chosen by the student
The second will involve a role play exercise in which students will play the role of a councillor at a scrutiny exercise. Students will need to design an evaluation framework and examine experts about a particular controversial issue facing their council. Students will describe their evaluation framework and assess the extent to which the scrutiny exercise provided them with sufficient information to make a decision.
Issues In Local Government - Evaluating Local Government Policies Through Scrutiny Report
Issues In Local Government - Assessing Local Government In Your Area - Poster
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Stoker, G. and Wilson, D. (2005) British Local Government into the 21st Century. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.
Blair, T. (1998) Leading the Way. A new vision for local government London: IPPR
Cm 4028 (1998) Local Voices. Modernising local government in Wales Cardiff: The Stationary Office
DETR (1998) Modern Local Government In Touch with the People London: The Stationary Office
RTPI (1995) Planners as managers: Shifting the Gaze, RTPI
WAG (2004) Making the Connections: Delivering Better Services for Wales. WAG, Cardiff. http://wales.gov.uk/dpsp/publications/policies/vision/mtcvisione.pdf?lang=en
Beecham, J. (2007) Beyond Boundaries: Citizen-Centred Local Services for Wales. WAG, Cardiff. http://wales.gov.uk/dpsp/publications/policies/boundaries/beyondboundariese.pdf?lang=en
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