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Beyond privatisation and cost savings: alternatives for local government reform

Bel, G; Hebdon, R; Warner, M; (2018) Beyond privatisation and cost savings: alternatives for local government reform. Local Government Studies , 44 (2) pp. 173-182. 10.1080/03003930.2018.1428190. Green open access

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Abstract

Unsatisfactory results from privatisation have caused local governments to seek alternative reforms. Inter-municipal cooperation, mixed public/private delivery and contract reversals are three alternatives that have gained traction in the last decade. These alternatives help local governments manage markets for public service delivery as a dynamic process. They maximise government/market complementarities and address a wider array of public goals beyond cost efficiency concerns. The alternative reforms show how local governments balance citizen, labour and community interests to ensure efficiency, coordination and stability in public service delivery.

Type: Article
Title: Beyond privatisation and cost savings: alternatives for local government reform
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2018.1428190
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2018.1428190
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Privatisation, inter-municipal cooperation, mixed public/private delivery, contract reversals, unionisation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123076
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