Denmark: The Incremental Way Towards a Deep-Seated Marketization of Service Delivery

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Contemporary delivery of municipal park and road services in Denmark is, in sharp contrast to the 1980s, highly marketized. In-house providers are operating as semi-autonomous and ‘corporate-like’ units, a variety of contracting models are applied, private delivery is substantial and mixed delivery with direct competition between the public and private are widespread. This chapter traces how the changes toward a ‘deep-seated marketization’ came about. The changes are found to be incremental and historically driven by a pragmatic policy approach to whom should deliver services with substantial degrees of freedom for municipalities. However, a steady push, in particular driven by right-wing governments, in policies and administrative initiatives including an increasing adherence to more cohesive policy instruments have sustained the development of a wide-ranging and deep-seated marketization of service delivery at the municipal level. The characteristics of contemporary marketization are furthermore found to resemble classical doctrines in the new public management.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelMarketization in Local Governments : Diffusion and Evolution in Scandinavia and England
RedaktørerAndrej Christian Lindholst, Morten Balle Hansen
UdgivelsesstedCham
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
Publikationsdatofeb. 2020
Sider141-160
Kapitel7
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-030-32477-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-303-32478-0
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2020

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