Catching up with the trailblazer or the many houses of marketization? Comparing contemporary marketization among Scandinavian and English Local Governments

Andrej Christian Lindholst, Ylva Noren Bretzer, Nicola Dempsey, Morten Balle Hansen, Merethe Dotterud Leiren

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Marketization has profoundly reshaped public service delivery but how far has marketization been reshaped by its implementation across different countries? We compare models and features of contemporary marketization across local governments in one trailblazer (England) and three reluctant reform countries (Scandinavia). Within the same service context, local park and road services, the comparison addresses how and why contemporary marketization diverges (or converges). We contribute to the literature on marketization and public sector reforms where few comparative studies have focused on local governments and utilized quantitative survey-based methods. Overall, we find that contemporary marketization is best understood as the many houses of marketization. Our trailblazer is still leading global reform developments by a move from conventional new public management (NPM) models of marketization toward post-NPM models while our (not so) reluctant reformers either have taking a clear lead in the implementation of conventional NPM models or are still characterized by a degree of pre-NPM models.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 EGPA Conference - UNIL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 5 Sep 20187 Sep 2018
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LocationUNIL
CountrySwitzerland
CityLausanne
Period05/09/201807/09/2018
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Lindholst, A. C., Noren Bretzer, Y., Dempsey, N., Hansen, M. B., & Dotterud Leiren, M. (2018). Catching up with the trailblazer or the many houses of marketization? Comparing contemporary marketization among Scandinavian and English Local Governments. 1-32. Paper presented at 2018 EGPA Conference , Lausanne, Switzerland.
Lindholst, Andrej Christian ; Noren Bretzer, Ylva ; Dempsey, Nicola ; Hansen, Morten Balle ; Dotterud Leiren, Merethe. / Catching up with the trailblazer or the many houses of marketization? Comparing contemporary marketization among Scandinavian and English Local Governments. Paper presented at 2018 EGPA Conference , Lausanne, Switzerland.32 p.
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Catching up with the trailblazer or the many houses of marketization? Comparing contemporary marketization among Scandinavian and English Local Governments. / Lindholst, Andrej Christian; Noren Bretzer, Ylva; Dempsey, Nicola; Hansen, Morten Balle; Dotterud Leiren, Merethe.

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