Governance Analysis
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Governance Analysis

Critical Enquiry at the Intersection of Politics, Policy and Society

Edited by Emma Carmel

This state-of-the-art book develops the parameters of ‘governance analysis’ as a critical mode of enquiry. From a synthesis of theoretical approaches to public policy and governance, it offers a critical analytical perspective for empirical research and the development of theories of governance. This perspective is applied to seven detailed examples, from local to international and comparative public policy. Both innovative and unique, Governance Analysis shows that the messy real life of policymaking and its implications can be analysed systematically and insightfully without retreating to outdated ‘models’ of public policymaking or case-specific critique.
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Chapter 7: Understanding the state–third sector relationship in public services delivery

Jenny Harlock

Abstract

This chapter contributes a governance analysis of the relationship between the state and third sector in the delivery of public services. It identifies the institution of a notional market and the increased use of competitive commissioning and contracting processes to govern the relationship between the state and third sector in public service delivery over the last two decades. It examines how this governance strategy has been negotiated in practice by third sector organisations (TSOs) and public sector commissioners in two local authorities. It focuses on TSOs providing adult social care services to older people in England. Adopting a governance analysis perspective, the chapter reconceptualises the state–third sector relationship in public service delivery. I argue that this relationship is constituted in the struggles between actors over the changed conditions of public service provision, and the chapter reveals the implications of those changed conditions for the actors involved.

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