Thomas Elston and Ruth Dixon publish article in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Thomas Elston, Associate Professor in Public Administration, and Ruth Dixon, Research Fellow at the School, have co-authored an article for JPART, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, published by Oxford University Press.

The article is entitled 'The Effect of Shared Service Centers on Administrative Intensity in English Local Government: A Longitudinal Evaluation' and focuses on 'Administrative intensity', which is the proportion of total resources that organisations spend on administrative support functions rather than primary service and production processes.

The authors test whether 'sharing' administrative activities between organisations leads to a fall in administrative intensity, using organisational and financial data from more than 300 English local authorities.