The governance gap: quangos and accountability

John Plummer

The numbers of quangos delivering services locally have increased rapidly in the last ten years. Local control of services has been replaced by central appointment, combined with stricter rules on performance indicators and audit.

However, research by John Plummer finds that there is great variety and inconsistency in the ways in which quangos are governed, and a remarkable lack of clarity about how they should be governed and to whom they are accountable.

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