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Austerity will lead to further government outsourcing, but key lessons need to be learnt to avoid the mistakes of the past

Willcocks, Leslie P. (2011) Austerity will lead to further government outsourcing, but key lessons need to be learnt to avoid the mistakes of the past. British Politics and Policy at LSE (12 May 2011) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The UK government spends nearly £700 billion annually, with over £160 billion of this going to procurement. Even before the coalition’s current campaign of public sector spending cuts, attention had moved to how to reduce this amount. Leslie Willcocks finds that while modern solutions such as shared services and cloud computing may look like easy sources of savings to civil servants and politicians, the Achilles heel of large-scale outsourcing in the UK public sector is most likely to be – as it has always been – a lack of investment in the in-house management capabilities needed to shape procurement strategy and service delivery.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
Additional Information: © 2011 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Management
Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 08:31
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36278/

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