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Best Value and the politics of pragmatism

Maile, S.; Hoggett, P.; Maile, Stella; Hoggett, Paul


S. Maile

P. Hoggett

Stella Maile
AHOD in Partnerships, Employ, CPD, Intern

Paul Hoggett


This article frames and highlights critical themes emerging from the contributions to this Best Value section: that Best Value possesses subtle, and not so subtle, political, organisational, strategic and governmental dimensions. Drawing on these themes we develop our own argument that, during Blair's first term. Best Value was presented as a potentially enlightened 'user-friendly' tool for the expression of diverse social and organisational interests. Increasingly, it is emerging as yet another of a long line of retrograde managerial techniques. The pragmatism of Best Value is becoming more overtly bound up with government centralisation, support for neoliberalism and the private finance initiative.


Hoggett, P., Maile, S., Maile, S., & Hoggett, P. (2001). Best Value and the politics of pragmatism. Policy and Politics, 29(4), 509-519.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2001
Journal Policy and Politics
Print ISSN 1470-8442
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 4
Pages 509-519
Keywords managerialism modernisation, governance discourse
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Additional Information Additional Information : The proportional contribution from Maile was 60%.