Economic effects of contracting out in Scandinavia and the importance of country context

Andrej Christian Lindholst, Ole Helby Petersen, Kurt Houlberg

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Resumé

In this chapter, we examine whether contracting out of municipal park and road services in Scandinavia results in different levels of cost changes and whether factors explaining cost changes differ across national contexts. In a statistical analysis based on comparable survey data, we find that the average cost change from contracting out and the importance of key explanatory factors differ significantly across Scandinavia. The average costs of providing the services increased in Norway, remained unchanged in Sweden, and decreased in Denmark. Findings for Denmark provide the most consistent support for theoretical explanations for contracting outcomes, while findings for Norway provide only very limited support to the theories. The chapter contributes to the literature by suggesting that the stage of development and supportiveness of the institutional environment is critical for understanding differences in contracting outcomes and the factors explaining cost changes across different national contexts.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelMarketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England
RedaktørerAndrej Christian Lindholst, Morten Balle Hansen
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
Kapitel9
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2020

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Economic effect
Contracting out
Scandinavia
Factors
Costs
Average cost
National context
Denmark
Contracting
Norway
Roads
Statistical analysis
Institutional environment
Survey data
Sweden
Stages of development

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Lindholst, A. C., Petersen, O. H., & Houlberg, K. (Accepteret/In press). Economic effects of contracting out in Scandinavia and the importance of country context. I A. C. Lindholst, & M. Balle Hansen (red.), Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England Palgrave Macmillan.
Lindholst, Andrej Christian ; Petersen, Ole Helby ; Houlberg, Kurt. / Economic effects of contracting out in Scandinavia and the importance of country context. Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England. red. / Andrej Christian Lindholst ; Morten Balle Hansen. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
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Lindholst, AC, Petersen, OH & Houlberg, K 2020, Economic effects of contracting out in Scandinavia and the importance of country context. i AC Lindholst & M Balle Hansen (red), Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England. Palgrave Macmillan.

Economic effects of contracting out in Scandinavia and the importance of country context. / Lindholst, Andrej Christian; Petersen, Ole Helby; Houlberg, Kurt.

Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England. red. / Andrej Christian Lindholst; Morten Balle Hansen. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/konference proceedingBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

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