Eckersley, P. and Flynn, A. and Ferry, L. and Lakoma, K. (2023) 'Austerity, political control and supplier selection in English local government: implications for autonomy in multi-level systems.', Public Management Review, 25 (1). pp. 1-21.
Analysis of 60,000 contracts awarded by English councils between 2015-19 reveals that austerity constraints are a key predictor of councils outsourcing services to for-profit suppliers, regardless of their political control. Conservative Party-controlled councils are also more likely to contract with for-profit suppliers, although we found no link between Labour-controlled councils and not-for-profit suppliers, nor evidence that political or budgetary factors influence whether councils contract with providers based in their own region. We argue that centrally imposed funding cuts, and a belief that for-profit suppliers represent a cheaper option, could be overriding Labour Party councils’ ideological preference for not-for-profit providers.
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|Date accepted:||04 May 2021|
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|Date of first online publication:||01 June 2021|
|Date first made open access:||26 August 2021|
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