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Janice Morphet

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529209600

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529209600.001.0001

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Preparing to Outsource Government Services

Preparing to Outsource Government Services

(p.51) 4 Preparing to Outsource Government Services
Outsourcing in the UK

Janice Morphet

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the UK government's preparation for the application of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which came into effect in 1994. It mentions how the Uruguay Round was concerned with the extension of procurement into the liberalisation of public services and to other parts of government. It also cites there were was some preparation to open the markets through the parallel development of the Single European Market (SEM) from 1985, which then came into effect in 1992. The chapter analyzes the UK government's preparation for the implementation of the GATS and the SEM through the restructuring of its institutional governance arrangements. It details how the preparation for outsourcing of some public bodies in the UK was undertaken through institutional separation, including between purchasers and providers.

Keywords:   General Agreement on Trade in Services, Uruguay Round, liberalisation, public services, Single European Market, outsourcing, institutional governance

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