Towards a Future for Public Employment

12th March 2009.

Written by the Association for Public Service Excellence, Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Institute of Local Government Studies. This is the first report in a research programme designed to examine key contemporary issues in the delivery of public services. This report seeks to explore this wider purpose and reiterate the value of public employment in the contemporary policy context. In particular, it discusses the value of public employment in providing effective leverage over local economies; in shaping places; in managing costs and transactions; in sustaining democratic networks and accountability and; in realising the potential of the local workforce.