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.
TitelMarketization in Local Governments : Diffusion and Evolution in Scandinavia and England
RedaktørerAndrej Christian Lindholst, Morten Balle Hansen
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
Publikationsdatofeb. 2020
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-030-32477-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-303-32478-0
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2020


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