Public, private or neither? Analysing the publicness of health care social enterprises

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Abstract

Social enterprises have been actively encouraged to spin out of the National Health Service (NHS) on the grounds that they can deliver more innovative, cost-efficient and responsive services. This is arguably achieved through a combination of the best of the public, third and private sectors. This article explores this idea by bringing together empirical data from interviews with NHS spin-outs and a framework of ‘publicness’. By focusing on NHS spin-outs, we look at what happens to an organization’s publicness when it leaves the public sector yet continues to deliver publicly funded services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-557
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume18
Issue number4
Early online date24 Feb 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Social enterprise
  • publicness
  • spin out
  • right to request
  • health

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