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Corporate power and social policy in a global economyBritish welfare under the influence$
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Kevin Farnsworth

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344748

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344748.001.0001

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Business and local welfare services

Business and local welfare services

(p.121) Six Business and local welfare services
Corporate power and social policy in a global economy

Kevin Farnsworth

Policy Press

New opportunities have been presented to businesses and business people wanting to become more closely involved in a range of welfare services. Even where business has been reluctant to take up these opportunities, central government has gone out of its way to encourage greater private sector involvement in social policy. Service providers, meanwhile, have been forced to incorporate business people into their management structures and have regard to business preferences in their decision making. Nonetheless, business involvement in welfare services has been patchy. This chapter looks at the extent of business involvement in local provision, taking the city of Bristol as a case study.

Keywords:   local social policy, private sector, welfare services, business involvement, Bristol

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