The "externalisation" of local public service delivery: experience in Italy and Sweden

Daniela Argento, Giuseppe Grossi, Torbjörn Tagesson, Sven-Olof Collin

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    In recent years, the local government sector in European countries has undergone important changes involving, among other things, the externalisation of local public service provision through various forms of corporatisation, public-public collaboration, public-private partnerships and contracting out. An important consequence of these institutional changes has been the recasting of local governance systems through the need for increased cooperation between public and private actors. This article addresses these matters with comparative reference to the experience in Italy and Sweden. In doing so, it considers local governments in their constitutional and legal contexts, leading to more detailed discussions of their externalisation initiatives and resultant organisational forms and governance arrangements. Issues of ownership have been important concerning the significance of 'community' and 'place' in the management of public affairs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-56
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Policy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    • Italy
    • PPP
    • Sweden
    • community
    • contracting out
    • corporatisation
    • externalisation
    • institutional change
    • local government
    • privatisation
    • public ownership
    • public service delivery
    • public sphere
    • public-private partnerships
    • public-public collaboration


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