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Contracting out employment services to the third and private sectors: a critique

Davies, Steve 2008. Contracting out employment services to the third and private sectors: a critique. Critical Social Policy 28 (2) , pp. 136-164. 10.1177/0261018307087985

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As part of its welfare reform strategy, the government has made increasing use of the private and third sector in the provision of employment-related services. Ministers claim that this results in better service for users and better value for money for the taxpayer. This article examines these claims for third and private sector superiority in service provision and, using the government's own evaluative reports, challenges this view. The article contends that there is little evidence to support the government's case for the wholesale embrace of contracting out employment services. Based on reviewing experience of previous projects, it argues that given the same flexibilities and financing routinely offered to contractors, in-house provision would match or surpass contractor performance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: New Labour; privatization; voluntary organizations; welfare
Publisher: Sage Publishing
ISSN: 0261-0183
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:16

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