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The development of quasi-markets in welfare provision in the United Kingdom

Glennerster, Howard and Le Grand, Julian ORCID: 0000-0002-7864-0118 (1995) The development of quasi-markets in welfare provision in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Health Services, 25 (2). pp. 203-218. ISSN 0020-7314

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Identification Number: 10.2190/GGF3-JQ88-Y5AA-A35D


In the 1980s, governments in many western economies began to introduce competition between public agencies providing health, education, and other forms of social welfare. Government became a contracting agency separating funding from provision. The United Kingdom went farthest in legislation passed between 1988 and 1990. The authors review some possible explanations for this fundamental changes. The article draws on public choice theory and broader political science approaches and reviews the evidence on the impact of the changes. The gains from these changes may be small, and the result may be only the build up of pressure for more spending in the longer term.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1995 Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2008 16:04
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:37

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