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Corporatization of Public Services

Andrews, R. and Clifton, J. and Ferry, L. (2022) 'Corporatization of Public Services.', Public Administration, 100 (2). pp. 179-192.


The corporatization of public services by moving services previously provided in-house into various types of arms-length corporate forms of organization is becoming an important trend at multiple levels of government. Although the use of such corporate forms to deliver public services is not a new phenomenon, evidence on the impact of corporatization on public services provision is only slowly emerging. In this symposium, we aim to advance our understanding of the theoretical and practical implications of corporatization through empirical analyses of its dynamics in a range of different settings. In this introductory article, we begin by explaining what is meant by the corporatization of public services and the different forms that it can take, before summarizing the existing evidence on the governance, accountability and performance of corporatized public services. We then describe the articles included in the symposium and conclude by outlining a future research agenda for studying corporatization.

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Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 06 April 2024.
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Publisher statement:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Andrews, R., Clifton, J. & Ferry, L. (2022). Corporatization of Public Services. Public Administration 100(2): 179-192., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Date accepted:03 April 2022
Date deposited:06 April 2022
Date of first online publication:06 April 2022
Date first made open access:06 April 2024

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