The managerial ombudsman

Gill, C., Mullen, T. and Vivian, N. (2020) The managerial ombudsman. Modern Law Review, 83(4), pp. 797-830. (doi: 10.1111/1468-2230.12523)

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This article identifies a major development in the role and practice of the ombudsman. It argues that the New Public Management practices that have transformed public administration in the last 30 years have led to a more managerial approach to the ombudsman's work. The article's argument is developed through analysis of an empirical case study of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, which illustrates how the aims and techniques of managerialism have been deployed in the ombudsman context. The article evaluates the significance of these developments for the ombudsman institution and for the wider justice system. It examines the risks and opportunities inherent in this turn to managerialism and whether it represents a departure from the ombudsman's mission or a necessary adaptation to a changed world of public administration. In identifying the rise of the ‘managerial ombudsman’, the article provides a new framework for conceptualising developments in the modern ombudsman institution.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mullen, Professor Tom and Gill, Dr Chris
Authors: Gill, C., Mullen, T., and Vivian, N.
Subjects:K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Modern Law Review
ISSN (Online):1468-2230
Published Online:24 February 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Modern Law Review 83(4):797-830
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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