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Markets and Managers: New Issues in the Delivery of Welfare

Taylor-Gooby, Peter and Lawson, Robyn, eds. (1993) Markets and Managers: New Issues in the Delivery of Welfare. Open University Press, Milton Keynes, 160 pp. ISBN 978-0-335-15790-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Over the past decade, the British welfare state has undergone the most fundamental reforms since World War II. Much discussion of current policy focuses on the global issues of cuts, privatization and the scope of the state sector. This book argues that the organizational reforms of the 1990s are also of far-reaching significance and will play a major role in setting the agenda for welfare policy into the next century. The new welfare settlement emphasizes decentralization, the use of markets, an autonomous managerialism, a stronger voice for consumers and a greater role for the private sector. Reformers claim that the changes allow a more efficient, flexible and responsive welfare system, while critics argue that they will lead to greater inequality and to discrimination against the most vulnerable groups of service users. This book differs from other recent publications in its emphasis on the changes in the organization and delivery of services. It examines the emergence of the new managerial ideology in central and local government, considers the similarities and differences between the UK and other European countries and reviews policy change across the range of public services. The concluding chapter evaluates competing explanations of why the transformation has occurred and discusses future developments. The book provides a practical discussion of the issues, and should be of value to a wide range of students and welfare practitioners.

Item Type: Edited book
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 13:47 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38368 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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