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The "externalisation" of local public service delivery: experience in Italy and Sweden
Department of Business and Social Studies, University of Siena.
Department of Business and Social Studies, University of Siena.
Halmstad University.
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Public Policy, ISSN 1740-0600, Vol. 5, no 1, 41-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the local government sector in European countries has undergone important changes involving, among other things, the externalisation of local public service provision through various forms of corporatisation, public-public collaboration, public-private partnerships and contracting out. An important consequence of these institutional changes has been the recasting of local governance systems through the need for increased cooperation between public and private actors. This article addresses these matters with comparative reference to the experience in Italy and Sweden. In doing so, it considers local governments in their constitutional and legal contexts, leading to more detailed discussions of their externalisation initiatives and resultant organisational forms and governance arrangements. Issues of ownership have been important concerning the significance of 'community' and 'place' in the management of public affairs.

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2010. Vol. 5, no 1, 41-56 p.
Keyword [en]
externalisation, corporatisation, privatisation, community, public service delivery, institutional change, Italy, Sweden, local government, public-public collaboration, public-private partnerships, PPP, contracting out, public ownership, public sphere, public policy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8737DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2010.029780OAI: diva2:457983
Available from: 2011-11-21 Created: 2011-11-21 Last updated: 2014-07-01Bibliographically approved

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