Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government

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Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. / Eckersley, Peter Mark; Ferry, Laurence.

Local Governments in the Digital Era: Looking for Accountability. New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2017. p. 187-202.

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Eckersley, PM & Ferry, L 2017, Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. in Local Governments in the Digital Era: Looking for Accountability. Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 187-202.

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Eckersley, P. M., & Ferry, L. (2017). Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. In Local Governments in the Digital Era: Looking for Accountability (pp. 187-202). Nova Science Publishers.

Vancouver

Eckersley PM, Ferry L. Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. In Local Governments in the Digital Era: Looking for Accountability. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 2017. p. 187-202

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Eckersley, Peter Mark ; Ferry, Laurence. / Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. Local Governments in the Digital Era: Looking for Accountability. New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2017. pp. 187-202

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