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Business and local welfare services

Kevin Farnsworth

in Corporate power and social policy in a global economy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344748
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301998 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344748.003.0006
Business and local welfare services

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New opportunities have been presented to businesses and business people wanting to become more closely involved in a range of welfare services. Even where business has been reluctant to take up these opportunities, central government has gone out of its way to encourage greater private sector involvement in social policy. Service providers, meanwhile, have been forced to incorporate business people into their management structures and have regard to business preferences in their decision making. Nonetheless, business involvement in welfare services has been patchy. This chapter looks at the extent of business involvement in local provision, taking the city of Bristol as a case study.

Keywords: local social policy; private sector; welfare services; business involvement; Bristol

Chapter.  9847 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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