Conservative Policy: Development and Dimensions

  • Kate Ascher
Part of the Public Policy and Politics book series


The popularity of contracting out as an alternative means of public sector service delivery grew dramatically between 1980 and 1985 in Britain. In local government, the number of authorities relying on private firms for provision of major cleansing services jumped from two to two dozen. In the NHS, the number of hospitals relying on outside cleaners rose from 40 to well over 100. And in central government, where the volume of contracted out services had been stable for many years, the number and value of such contracts grew considerably over this period. Central government and industry forecasts suggest even more dramatic increases in the frequency of contracting out between 1985 and 1990.


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Notes and References

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    3. Forsyth included in his definition of hotel services the following areas: catering, portering, cleaning, linen services, personnel, estate management, security, building maintenance, pest control, engineering, plumbing and architectural services. See M. Forsyth, Reservicing Health (London: Adam Smith Institute, 1982).Google Scholar
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    15. Coopers & Lybrand, Service Provision and Pricing (London: HMSO, 1981).Google Scholar

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© Kate Ascher 1987

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  • Kate Ascher
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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