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Corporatization of Public Services

Andrews, R.; Clifton, J.; Ferry, L.


R. Andrews

J. Clifton


The corporatization of public services by moving services previously provided in-house into various types of arms-length corporate forms of organization is becoming an important trend at multiple levels of government. Although the use of such corporate forms to deliver public services is not a new phenomenon, evidence on the impact of corporatization on public services provision is only slowly emerging. In this symposium, we aim to advance our understanding of the theoretical and practical implications of corporatization through empirical analyses of its dynamics in a range of different settings. In this introductory article, we begin by explaining what is meant by the corporatization of public services and the different forms that it can take, before summarizing the existing evidence on the governance, accountability and performance of corporatized public services. We then describe the articles included in the symposium and conclude by outlining a future research agenda for studying corporatization.


Andrews, R., Clifton, J., & Ferry, L. (2022). Corporatization of Public Services. Public Administration, 100(2), 179-192.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 6, 2022
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date Apr 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 7, 2024
Journal Public Administration
Print ISSN 0033-3298
Electronic ISSN 1467-9299
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 100
Issue 2
Pages 179-192
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