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Linda Milbourne

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427236

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427236.001.0001

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Dilemmas of Market Ideology: The Impact of Growing Competition in Two Urban Areas

Dilemmas of Market Ideology: The Impact of Growing Competition in Two Urban Areas

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(p.69) Four Dilemmas of Market Ideology: The Impact of Growing Competition in Two Urban Areas
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Voluntary sector in transition
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Linda Milbourne

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427236.003.0004

Three broad features characterise transitions in public services over some twenty-five years following the post-1948 welfare settlement and form the focus of discussion for this and successive chapters. The first, on which this chapter concentrates, is an ideological commitment to the superiority of markets as a model for improving efficiency and effectiveness in public services. The chapter considers the effects of both compliance and resistance among voluntary organisations in relation to outsourcing arrangements, drawing on. The experiences of small service providers working with young people during two key periods of transition, as initial outsourcing and subsequently, local area commissioning were introduced. The findings from these area-based studies raise questions about the extent to which service markets have contributed to the colonisation of what were previously perceived as the autonomous spaces of voluntary sector activities. As political commitment to marketisation grows, this chapter discusses the dilemmas for voluntary organisations between remaining responsive to local stakeholders and competing for service funding. It also highlights the limited evidence on the benefits for service users of competitive outsourcing; and the poor attention paid in contracting processes to differentiating the advantages that contractors from different sectors may offer to specific service needs.

Keywords:   Public choice theory, Marketisation, Contractual, Compliance, Coercion, Outsourcing, Legitimacy, Social value, Tesco-isation, Privatisation

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