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Outsourcing in the UK

Policies, Practices and Outcomes

By Janice Morphet

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529209600

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529209624

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Outsourcing in the UK

    In this comprehensive account, Janice Morphet analyses the role and use of outsourcing within the UK public sector since the mid-1970s.

    Morphet examines the many drivers for the use of outsourcing in the public sector, including international agreements, new public management, performativity and austerity. She also takes in to account the role and failures of the private sector and its response to the opening of public sector competition.

    By investigating the way that outsourcing has been used in different service sectors and across scales, the book illustrates the impact it has had on ideology, policy narratives and public expectations in the present.

    Janice Morphet has had a career in academia, local and central government and is now Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning.

    Introduction

    The Legal Basis and Practice of Outsourcing

    Utilities and Transport

    Competition and Institutional Reform

    ‘Difficult’ Government Services

    Mandatory Competition and Best Value

    Strategic Partnerships and Growth of Service Provider Industry

    Austerity and Public Value

    Primary and Social Care

    Secondary Care and Property

    Academies and Free Schools

    Conclusions and Prospects