Privatization and Political Power in Representative Democracy

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One of the main endeavors within ”New Public Management” (NPM) since the 1980s has been to encourage
various forms of privatization in the public sector. In recent years, the involvement of private players in the
provision of services in Danish municipalities has thus been increased, which makes it important to study the
consequences of this development. In the present article, privatization is understood as the use of private service
providers to provide services and focus is on what privatization means for the power of local political players.
The point of departure is an expectation that a high degree of privatization can have far-reaching consequences
for the distribution of local political power. This is illustrated empirically by a questionnaire survey of 896
municipal leaders. The main findings are that the local political actors generally have less power in
municipalities with high degrees of privatization and that the power that remains is more centralized in these
municipalities.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato15 apr. 2012
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - 15 apr. 2012
BegivenhedXVI International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference 11-13 April 2012 in Rome: Contradictions in Public Management. Managing in volatile times - Rome, Italien
Varighed: 11 apr. 201213 apr. 2012
Konferencens nummer: XVI

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KonferenceXVI International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference 11-13 April 2012 in Rome: Contradictions in Public Management. Managing in volatile times
NummerXVI
LandItalien
ByRome
Periode11/04/201213/04/2012

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Hansen, M. B. (2012). Privatization and Political Power in Representative Democracy. Afhandling præsenteret på XVI International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference 11-13 April 2012 in Rome: Contradictions in Public Management. Managing in volatile times, Rome, Italien.
Hansen, Morten Balle. / Privatization and Political Power in Representative Democracy. Afhandling præsenteret på XVI International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference 11-13 April 2012 in Rome: Contradictions in Public Management. Managing in volatile times, Rome, Italien.22 s.
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2012. Afhandling præsenteret på XVI International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference 11-13 April 2012 in Rome: Contradictions in Public Management. Managing in volatile times, Rome, Italien.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaper uden forlag/tidsskriftForskningpeer review

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Hansen MB. Privatization and Political Power in Representative Democracy. 2012. Afhandling præsenteret på XVI International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference 11-13 April 2012 in Rome: Contradictions in Public Management. Managing in volatile times, Rome, Italien.