The transfer of local authority school support services to external social enterprises

Hatcher, R. (2015) The transfer of local authority school support services to external social enterprises. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 47 (4). pp. 388-413. ISSN 00220620 (ISSN)

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This paper explores an emerging and largely unresearched sector of the school education market, the transfer of local authority support services to external social enterprises. It locates these new social enterprises as a consequence of government strategies to reduce public spending, shrink local government and create competitive markets in public service provision. Non-profit social enterprises create and occupy a sector of a differentiated market in school support services which is not sufficiently commercially attractive to for-profit companies. The government discourse of these social enterprises as employee-led mutuals is contradicted by their user-led ownership and governance regimes. The analysis offered by this paper is substantiated by a case study, based on interviews and policy documents, of the transfer of the Birmingham local authority's Music and Health Education Services to a social enterprise independent from the city council. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: local authorities, market, mutual, school support services, social enterprise
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Research, Innovation, Enterprise
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 11:53
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:02

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