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

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Abstract

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 is widespread. This chapter traces how the changes towards a ‘deep-seated marketization’ came about. The changes are found to be incremental and historically driven by a pragmatic policy approach to who 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 has sustained the development of a wide-ranging and deep-seated marketization of service delivery at the municipal level. Furthermore, the characteristics of contemporary marketization are found to resemble classical doctrines in the new public management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England
EditorsAndrej Christian Lindholst, Morten Balle Hansen
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dateFeb 2020
Pages141-160
Chapter7
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2019

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Keywords

  • marketization
  • privatization
  • reform
  • denmark
  • survey
  • history

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Lindholst, A. C. (2020). Denmark: The Incremental Way Towards a Deep-Seated Marketization of Service Delivery. In A. C. Lindholst, & M. Balle Hansen (Eds.), Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England (pp. 141-160). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32478-0_7
Lindholst, Andrej Christian. / Denmark: The Incremental Way Towards a Deep-Seated Marketization of Service Delivery. Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England. editor / Andrej Christian Lindholst ; Morten Balle Hansen. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. pp. 141-160
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Denmark: The Incremental Way Towards a Deep-Seated Marketization of Service Delivery. / Lindholst, Andrej Christian.

Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England. ed. / Andrej Christian Lindholst; Morten Balle Hansen. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. p. 141-160.

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Lindholst AC. Denmark: The Incremental Way Towards a Deep-Seated Marketization of Service Delivery. In Lindholst AC, Balle Hansen M, editors, Marketization in Local Governments: Evolution and Diffusion in Scandinavia and England. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020. p. 141-160 https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32478-0_7