Contracting for Change: Contracts in Health, Social Care, and Other Local Government Services by Kieron Walsh

Contracting for Change: Contracts in Health, Social Care, and Other Local Government Services

byKieron Walsh, Nicholas Deakin, Paula Smith

Hardcover | June 1, 1997

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There has been much speculation about the introduction of the contract culture in the public services and its consequences for those involved (including service users). This book, which is based on original research, sets out to examine the impact of contracts in three areas of the publicservice: health, social services, and other government activities. These findings are set in the context of policy development for the public sector as a whole. Detailed case studies in selected areas reveal the varying different patterns that have emerged. A study of the attitudes of those involved illuminates the different perspectives of participants. In theconcluding chapters the authors review the policy implications of the study and identify likely future developments.

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Nicholas Deakin is Professor of Social Policy and Administration, University of Birmingham. He has been Private Secretary to Minister of State 1962-3; Head of Central Policy Unit, GLC, 1972-80; Scientific Advisor, Department of Health, 1986-91; Vice-Chairman, Social Affairs Committee, ESRC, 1984-6; Chair, Social Policy Association, 198...
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Title:Contracting for Change: Contracts in Health, Social Care, and Other Local Government ServicesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198289456

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The Experience of Change in the UK Public Service2. Understanding the Process of Public Service Management Change3. The Introduction of Contracts4. The Research Investigation5. Structures for and of Contracting6. Markets7. Managing Contracts8. The Context of Change9. The Contract Revolution: The International Experience10. ConclusionAppendix 1: Analysing ContractsAppendix 2: AttitudesReferences

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`Excellent book ... This analysis provides a detailed and incisive explanation of the various states of market and contract development in these public services ... Both central and local actors engaged in trying to secure this fine balance would be well advised to begin by absorbing the keymessages and insights offered in this volume.'Health Service Journal