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While results-oriented management has featured in some parts of the British Government for decades, the systematic, transparent outcome-based performance management of public expenditure in the UK dates back to the reforms to fiscal institutions and budgetary procedures introduced by the new Labour Government in 1998. The aim of these reforms was to give fiscal policy-making, and within that public expenditure planning and performance management, a stronger medium-term orientation following a period of crisis-driven fiscal consolidation in the mid-1990s. The centerpiece of the performance element of these reforms was the introduction of Public Service Agreements (PSAs).
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