Public accountability: reforms and resistance in social housing

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    The paper illustrates and discusses the changing nature of public accountability relations in public services that are transferred to a mutual organization. The paper contributes to the literature that studies resistance to the neo-liberal restructuring process, highlighting civil society campaigns as important actors. A social housing case study in Britain is developed, combining a critical realist and dialogical influenced analysis. The case study identifies the role of private finance, illustrating tensions between democratic-styled and NGO-styled public accountability relations. A conclusion that housing mutuals are in danger of being apologia for private capitalism is established.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)212-231
    Number of pages20
    JournalPublic Management Review
    Issue number2
    Early online date2 May 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Social housing
    • Public Accountability
    • Resistance
    • Neoliberalism


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