Satisfaction with private providers’ maintenance of public space in Scandinavian local governments

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Continued critiques, evidence, and newer reform trends have contested the use of market-centered models for public space maintenance. This research paper addresses the contested status in a survey-based study of the current use and satisfaction with private providers’ maintenance of parks/greenspaces and road/streets in Scandinavian local governments. The study finds a widespread use of and satisfaction with private providers. Furthermore, satisfaction varies across country contexts and depends on a number of conditions including contract features, relational quality, competition, and internal capacities. Findings challenge the contested status of market-centered models and contribute to discussions on how maintenance responsibilities are organized.
Original languageDanish
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe Nordic Municipal Research Conference 2020 - School of Public Administration, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 26 Nov 202028 Nov 2020
Conference number: XXIX


ConferenceThe Nordic Municipal Research Conference 2020
Location School of Public Administration
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