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New development : Corporatization of local authorities in England in the wake of austerity 2010–2016.

Ferry, L. and Andrews, R. and Skelcher, C. and Wegorski, P. (2018) 'New development : Corporatization of local authorities in England in the wake of austerity 2010–2016.', Public money and management., 38 (6). 477-480 .


A key institutional driver of current reforms within English local government is ‘alternative service delivery’. Our review of councils’ annual accounts between 2010/11 and 2016/17 suggests ‘corporatization’—the creation of local authority companies—is a growing phenomenon across the whole of English local government. This represents such a significant and far-reaching development in the governance, performance and efficiency of local public services that it constitutes a major field-level change at the interstices of the institutions of state, market, corporation and community. In this article, the authors briefly sketch ways corporatization could be regarded as a field-level change, before presenting findings and reflecting on their implications.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Public Money & Management on 27 Jul y 2018 available online:
Date accepted:04 April 2018
Date deposited:09 April 2018
Date of first online publication:27 July 2018
Date first made open access:27 January 2020

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