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New development: Corporatization of local authorities in England in the wake of austerity 2010–2016

Ferry, L.; Andrews, R.; Skelcher, C.; Wegorowski, P.

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Authors

R. Andrews

C. Skelcher

P. Wegorowski



Abstract

A key institutional driver of current reforms within English local government is ‘alternative service delivery’. Our review of councils’ annual accounts between 2010/11 and 2016/17 suggests ‘corporatization’—the creation of local authority companies—is a growing phenomenon across the whole of English local government. This represents such a significant and far-reaching development in the governance, performance and efficiency of local public services that it constitutes a major field-level change at the interstices of the institutions of state, market, corporation and community. In this article, the authors briefly sketch ways corporatization could be regarded as a field-level change, before presenting findings and reflecting on their implications.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 4, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 27, 2018
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Apr 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 27, 2020
Journal Public Money and Management
Print ISSN 0954-0962
Electronic ISSN 1467-9302
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 6
Pages 477-480
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2018.1486629
Keywords Corporatisation; Local Authority Companies; Local Government; England; Austerity
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1362804

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