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The 'externalisation' of local public service delivery: experience in Italy and Sweden

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  • Daniela Argento
  • Giuseppe Grossi
  • Torbjorn Tagesson
  • Sven-Olof Collin
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    In recent years, the local government sector in European countries has undergone important changes involving, among other things, the externalisation of local public service provision through various forms of corporatisation, public-public collaboration, public-private partnerships and contracting out. An important consequence of these institutional changes has been the recasting of local governance systems through the need for increased cooperation between public and private actors. This article addresses these matters with comparative reference to the experience in Italy and Sweden. In doing so, it considers local governments in their constitutional and legal contexts, leading to more detailed discussions of their externalisation initiatives and resultant organisational forms and governance arrangements. Issues of ownership have been important concerning the significance of 'community' and 'place' in the management of public affairs.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 41-56

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:5:y:2010:i:1:p:41-56

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    Keywords: externalisation; corporatisation; privatisation; community; public service delivery; institutional change; Italy; Sweden; local government; public-public collaboration; public-private partnerships; PPP; contracting out; public ownership; public sphere; public policy.;

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    Cited by:
    1. Alessandro Gargani & Michela Villani, 2013. "When Municipality is Partner in Business: A Mapping of Italian Experience," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 167-174, June.
    2. Andrea CalabrĂ² & Mariateresa Torchia & Francesco Ranalli, 2013. "Ownership and control in local public utilities: the Italian case," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 17(4), pages 835-862, November.

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