Beyond National “Varieties”: Public-Service Contracting in Comparative Perspective
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Greer, Ian; Greenwood, Ian; Stuart, Mark
[Excerpt] In this chapter, we will explore how work in contracted-out public services, including that in the voluntary sector, maps onto the broader international political economy of work. Comparative scholars often write about society correcting the excesses of the market, and it is hard to imagine a more relevant phenomenon to this than the voluntary sector. Yet this sector is itself subject to market forces, ironically perhaps, due to its ever-closer relationship with the state. Our study of employment in welfare-to-work services in the UK and Germany, whose findings are summarised below, shows how this relationship works and what its effects on workers are.
public-service contracting; welfare-to-work; United Kingdom; Germany; political economy
Required Publisher Statement: © Routledge. Final version published as: Greer, I., Greenwood, I., & Stuart, M. (2011). Beyond national ‘varieties’: Public-service contracting in comparative perspective. In I. Cunningham, & P. James (Eds.), Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations: Book 14. Voluntary organizations and public sector delivery (pp. 153-167). New York, NY: Routledge. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.