The purchaser-provider split: theory and UK evidence

Citation
Sj. Bailey et C. Davidson, The purchaser-provider split: theory and UK evidence, ENVIR PL-C, 17(2), 1999, pp. 161-175
Citations number
38
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
EnvirnmentalStudies Geografy & Development
Journal title
ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY
ISSN journal
0263-774X → ACNP
Volume
17
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
161 - 175
Database
ISI
SICI code
0263-774X(199904)17:2<161:TPSTAU>2.0.ZU;2-P
Abstract
In this paper the authors focus on the purchaser-provider split within UK l ocal government. They assess whether that split has had the effects predict ed by the theory, especially in terms of diverting the purchaser's attentio n away from service production per se and more towards assessing and meetin g the needs of service users. This implies a shift of attention from inputs and processes to outputs and outcomes. In making that assessment, the auth ors review other research and present the results of their own survey of al l British local governments. They conclude that, if anything, the purchaser -provider split has increased the amount of attention paid to inputs and pr ocesses and has done little to focus attention on outputs and even less in respect of outcomes. Although this evidence is by no means conclusive, it d oes serve to qualify earlier research results that found improvements in ou tcomes for some services as a result of contracting.