Hobson's choice? Meaning, manner and merits of choice in public services

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/94427
Title:
Hobson's choice? Meaning, manner and merits of choice in public services
Authors:
Macaulay, M. (Michael); Wilson, J. (John)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Teesside Business School.
Citation:
Macaulay, M. and Wilson, J. (2008) 'Hobson's choice? Meaning, manner and merits of choice in public services', International Journal of Public Sector Management, 21 (6), pp.674-686.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
International Journal of Public Sector Management
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/94427
DOI:
10.1108/09513550810896532
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to show that since its election in 1997, the Labour Government in the United Kingdom has pursued a policy agenda which in some senses represents a continuation of the New Right agenda it inherited. Central to this agenda has been the emphasis placed on choice in public services. Design/methodology/approach: Within the context of the New Right agenda this paper explores the concept and suggested merits of choice in public service provision. It does so by focusing on the experiences in England, particularly in relation to health and education. Findings: By reference to the empirical evidence, the paper evaluates the conceptual arguments in favour of choice and finds that the current emphasis is consistent with the news of the New Right. Originality/value: The paper questions the merits of choice in public service provision and, in doing so, suggests that the apparent political consensus in favour of choice can not be justified.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
Labour Government; policy agenda; new right agenda; choice; public service provision
ISSN:
0951-3558
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 17/03/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 17/03/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMacaulay, M. (Michael)en
dc.contributor.authorWilson, J. (John)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-17T14:55:02Z-
dc.date.available2010-03-17T14:55:02Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Public Sector Management; 21 (6): 674-686en
dc.identifier.issn0951-3558-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/09513550810896532-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/94427-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this paper is to show that since its election in 1997, the Labour Government in the United Kingdom has pursued a policy agenda which in some senses represents a continuation of the New Right agenda it inherited. Central to this agenda has been the emphasis placed on choice in public services. Design/methodology/approach: Within the context of the New Right agenda this paper explores the concept and suggested merits of choice in public service provision. It does so by focusing on the experiences in England, particularly in relation to health and education. Findings: By reference to the empirical evidence, the paper evaluates the conceptual arguments in favour of choice and finds that the current emphasis is consistent with the news of the New Right. Originality/value: The paper questions the merits of choice in public service provision and, in doing so, suggests that the apparent political consensus in favour of choice can not be justified.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 17/03/2010]en
dc.subjectLabour Governmenten
dc.subjectpolicy agendaen
dc.subjectnew right agendaen
dc.subjectchoiceen
dc.subjectpublic service provisionen
dc.titleHobson's choice? Meaning, manner and merits of choice in public servicesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Teesside Business School.en
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Public Sector Managementen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 17/03/2010]en
or.citation.harvardMacaulay, M. and Wilson, J. (2008) 'Hobson's choice? Meaning, manner and merits of choice in public services', International Journal of Public Sector Management, 21 (6), pp.674-686.-
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