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Chris Mason

In this chapter, I seek to re-engage debate concerning the presence and role of marketisation in the delivery of public services. Drawing on the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), I draw on the existing debates to assess how marketisation could affect social enterprises working into the NDIS, a quasi-market launched by the federal government in Australia. The NDIS could provide capacity building opportunities for the social enterprise sector. With this in mind, I use marketisation debates to examine the different hurdles that may present themselves, especially for social enterprises, as the scheme is implemented in the coming years.

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Chris Mason and Michael Moran

This chapter critically explores the deployment of social enterprise in UK and Australian social enterprise policy-making by the leaders of the two countries’ Conservative parties. To do so, we explore the place of social enterprise in the Big Society: the policy philosophy that initially occupied the policy agenda of David Cameron in the UK and briefly of Tony Abbott in Australia. We apply Wingo’s framework of ‘veil politics’ to present the social enterprise myth as aesthetic adornment, tempting wider engagement and as idealization. Having unpacked how these leaders deployed social enterprise, we used Derrida’s concept of iterability to contribute a new explanation of the different trajectories of social enterprise myths in the two countries, as shown through the failed transition of the Big Society project from the UK to Australia.