Public service mutuals: towards a theoretical understanding of the spin-out process

Richard Hazenberg, Kelly Hall

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Abstract

Over the past few decades the policy environment in the UK has gradually sought to encourage public sector workers to ‘spin-out’ their services into social enterprises. This paper reports the common experiences and barriers experienced by four local authorities in the UK that ‘spun-out’ a public service into a social enterprise. The analysis is underpinned by Takahashi and Smutny’s (2002) theoretical model of partnerships and uses this to present a new model of the spin-out process. In doing so, the research identifies the complex partnership arrangements used in a spin-out involving collaborations with staff, services users and public/private/third sector organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-463
Number of pages23
JournalPolicy and politics
Volume44
Issue number3
Early online date30 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

Keywords

  • partnership
  • policy
  • public services
  • spin-outs

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