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New development: Corporatization of local authorities in England in the wake of austerity 2010–2016

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  • Laurence Ferry
  • Rhys Andrews
  • Chris Skelcher
  • Piotr Wegorowski

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A key institutional driver of current reforms within English local government is ‘alternative service delivery’. Our review of councils’ annual accounts between 2010/11 and 2016/17 suggests ‘corporatization’—the creation of local authority companies—is a growing phenomenon across the whole of English local government. This represents such a significant and far-reaching development in the governance, performance and efficiency of local public services that it constitutes a major field-level change at the interstices of the institutions of state, market, corporation and community. In this article, the authors briefly sketch ways corporatization could be regarded as a field-level change, before presenting findings and reflecting on their implications.

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  • Laurence Ferry & Rhys Andrews & Chris Skelcher & Piotr Wegorowski, 2018. "New development: Corporatization of local authorities in England in the wake of austerity 2010–2016," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(6), pages 477-480, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pubmmg:v:38:y:2018:i:6:p:477-480
    DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2018.1486629
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