Reluctant enablers: Competition in local government in Ireland and the UK

Snape, Stephanie and Fenwick, John (1996) Reluctant enablers: Competition in local government in Ireland and the UK. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 9 (2). pp. 5-14. ISSN 0951-3558

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513559610119519

Abstract

During the last 15 years, local authorities in many OECD countries have been introducing competition for the provision of services, placing less emphasis on the direct provision of services and more on the strategic planning of service provision. Often this has involved encouraging both private firms and voluntary organizations to become providers of local government services. Analyses the emergence of enabling in two European countries, Ireland and the UK, and argues that local authorities in both countries are reluctant enablers. With reference to the UK, examines the implications of the CCT legislation, the key factor in the development of enabling and compares this to the emergence in Ireland of a trend towards contracting out.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competitive strategy, enablement, Ireland, Local authorities, Local government services, UK
Subjects: L200 Politics
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2015 15:46
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:11
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18899

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