Title
Supply and demand of policy indicators: a cross-sectoral comparison Supply and demand of policy indicators: a cross-sectoral comparison
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Londen ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Public management review. - Londen
Volume/pages
6(2004) :4 , p. 511-530
ISSN
1471-9037
1471-9045
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
The amount of measurement in the public sector in Europe is increasing. The United Kingdom in particular may be proclaimed the most measured public sector in Europe, if not the world. Continental public administrations with a more Latin administrative culture do measure performance as well. Although performance measurement is paramount, many complaints are heard. Civil servants criticize that politicians are not using the performance information. Politicians complain that reliable performance information is not available. Politicians and civil servants complain that their own policy sector is hard to measure, if not immeasurable, when you compare it to other sectors. This article seeks an empirical insight in the administrative supply and political demand of performance information. To what extent do supply and demand meet? What is the quality of the supply and which policy sectors measure more? The methodology is a documentary analysis of parliamentary proceedings, i.e. the Members of Parliament's (MP) questions to the executive in the region of Flanders, Belgium.