Lessons from Case Studies: Working with Marketization

Andrej Christian Lindholst, Nicola Dempsey, Thomas Barfoed Randrup, Ingjerd Solfjed

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This chapter draws on insights from four case studies on how municipalities work with marketization in combination with survey data for illustrating and discussing a number of general lessons for marketization theory and policies. The discussions highlight: (a) the role of organizational learning and incremental change in the implementation of contracting; (b) the challenges of balancing needs for ensuring competition for contracts with the needs for ensuring contractual collaboration and effective contract management; (c) the economic difficulties of municipal owned corporations operating within competitive environments; (d) the widespread use of ‘corporate-like’ features for organizing in-house service provisions; and (e) the future scope and limitations for developing contracting models within local park and road services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarketization in Local Governments : Diffusion and Evolution in Scandinavia and England
EditorsAndrej Christian Lindholst, Morten Balle Hansen
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dateFeb 2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-32478-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-32478-0
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


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