Delivering public services: A greater role for the private sector? An exploratory study in four countries

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17 September 2015
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17 September 2015
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This report explores the growing role of the private sector in the provision of public services in the EU. The research is based on sector-specific case studies carried out in Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the UK. It focuses specifically on social services of general interest (SSGIs) in the areas of healthcare, early childhood education and care (ECEC), employment services and long-term care. The findings show that in the two countries with long-established welfare systems (Sweden and the UK), the key factor driving governments to expand the role of the private sector has been the expectation of gains in quality and efficiency. In the countries with less-extensive welfare services (Lithuania and Spain), budgetary constraints have been the key driver. The report finds that greater private sector involvement in the provision of public services often leads to less equitable access and that quality-related outcomes can be mixed. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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    Number of Pages: 
    86
    Reference No: 
    Ef1538
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1390-0
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-02-15-525-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/3787
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    Delivering public services: A greater role for the private sector? An exploratory study in four countries

    This report explores the growing role of the private sector in the provision of public services in the EU. The research is based on sector-specific case studies carried out in Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the UK. It focuses specifically on social services of general interest (SSGIs) in the areas of healthcare, early childhood education and care (ECEC), employment services and long-term care.

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    2
    Reference No: 
    EF15381
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    Delivering public services: A greater role for the private sector? - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    This report examines how the role of the private sector has grown in the provision of public services in four EU Member States: Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the UK. It explores the processes by which the private sector became increasingly involved and the implications for access, quality and effectiveness of services for service users. With an explicit focus on the user perspective, the report is based on case studies in these four Member States drawn from the following sectors: healthcare, long-term care, early childhood education and care (ECEC), and employment services. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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