Government, Governance and Welfare Reform

Government, Governance and Welfare Reform

Structural Changes and Subsidiarity in Italy and Britain

Edited by Alberto Brugnoli and Alessandro Colombo

This unique and original book focuses on institutional changes, welfare reforms and transformations in both Britain and Italy over the last three decades.

Chapter 8: Innovation in governance: the involvement of social enterprises in health service delivery

Helen Haugh

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, regulation and governance, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, welfare states, urban and regional studies, regional studies


The plural model of service delivery, as found in the Lombardy approach to governance, embodies tensions between devolution and abandonment, control and autonomy, decentralization and fragmentation, outputs and outcomes, delivery and purchasing, and efficiency and service. This chapter proposes that the tensions are generic when there is a shift in governance from hierarchies to markets and networks. The tensions are analysed by drawing on the example of devolved health service delivery in England since 1979.

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