International Journal of Public Sector Management: Volume 22 Issue 1


Table of contents - Special Issue: Ethnographic explorations of accountabilities

Guest Editors: Dr Mike Rowe, Dr Jason Ferdinand

Realistic expectations: accounting for young people's progress in training programmes

Carol Devanney

This paper aims to communicate the challenges and tensions faced by front‐line workers in negotiating the demands of performance targets and those of the young people they…


The new GP contract in English primary health care: an ethnographic study

Ruth McDonald, Kath Checkland, Steve Harrison

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the impact of contracts on general practise in the UK National Health Service. In particular, it is concerned with the response of…


The persistence of the audit culture: supervision within Swedish ambulance services

Caroline Waks

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether, or to what extent, the audit society influences the professional context of Swedish pre‐hospital care.


Opening up one's everyday negotiations to inspection: The internal politics of “embedded” ethnographic research

Marja Gastelaars

This paper reflects on the output of four ethnographic research projects examining the implementation of the Dutch Inspection for Work and Income. These four reports were…


Reciprocal accountability: Assessing the accountability environment in Australian aboriginal affairs policy

Patrick Sullivan

This paper attempts to replace the understanding of public sector accountability as a linear and hierarchical process with one in which accountability occurs within a…

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