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Market-Type Mechanisms and Public Service Equity: A Review of Experiences in European Public Services

Sorin Dan () and Rhys Andrews ()
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Sorin Dan: KU Leuven
Rhys Andrews: Cardiff University

Public Organization Review, 2016, vol. 16, issue 3, 301-317

Abstract: Abstract In seeking to benefit from the competitive pressures exerted through marketization, governments have hoped to gain improvements in public service efficiency. Yet, concerns remain about the effects of marketization on how equitably public services are provided. We consider evidence about the relationship between the introduction of market-type mechanisms in the European public sector and the efficiency and equity of service provision. Our analysis reveals that although market-type mechanisms sometimes result in worse service equity, there is only weak evidence of a trade-off between efficiency and equity.

Keywords: Public management reform; Market-type mechanisms; Service equity; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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