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

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


By (author) Kieron Walsh, By (author) Etc., By (author) Nicholas Deakin, By (author) Paula Smith, By (author) Peter Spurgeon, By (author) Neil Thomas

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 9 October 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198289456
  • ISBN 13: 9780198289456
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: line figures, tables

Product description

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 public service: 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 the concluding chapters the authors review the policy implications of the study and identify likely future developments.

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Author information

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, 1989-92.

Review quote

This analysis provides a detailed and incisive explanation of the various states of market and contract development in these public services. Additional insight is provided by reflections on the international experience of contracting in seven countries...This excellent book is an appropriate tribute to [Kieran Walsh's] legacy. Health Service Journal January 1998.

Table of contents

Preface ; Introduction ; 1. The Experience of Change in the UK Public Service ; 2. Understanding the Process of Public Service Management Change ; 3. The Introduction of Contracts ; 4. The Research Investigation ; 5. Structures for and of Contracting ; 6. Markets ; 7. Managing Contracts ; 8. The Context of Change ; 9. The Contract Revolution: The International Experience ; 10. Conclusion ; Appendix 1: Analysing Contracts ; Appendix 2: Attitudes ; References