From providing to enabling - local-authorities and the mixed economy of social care

Wistow, Gerald and Knapp, Martin R J. and Hardy, Brian and Allen, Caroline (1992) From providing to enabling - local-authorities and the mixed economy of social care. Public Administration, 70 (1). pp. 25-45. ISSN 0033-3298. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Government policy seeks to introduce competition into the supply of social care through the separation of purchasing and providing responsibilities. A study of 24 local authority social service departments has explored the initial steps taken to prepare for the new enabling role, including the creation of a mixed economy of care. Very few were seeking to create a market in social care. Most argued that the inherent nature of social care rendered the introduction of service specifications and price mechanisms neither appropriate nor feasible. Many authorities interpreted the enabling role in ways significantly different from that of the government. The study raises questions about the extent of local discretion in a context where the range of values and interests of implementing agencies may differ from those of the centre.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009 18:08
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 10:20
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/22285 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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