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    Triangular relations in public service economics

    Archibugi, Daniele and Ciccarone, G. and Marè, M. and Pizzetti, B. and Violati, F. (2003) Triangular relations in public service economics. International Review of Applied Economics 17 (1), pp. 49-68. ISSN 0269-2171.

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    This paper critically re-examines the restructuring of public services. Four main decision-making phases are identified: the public oversight to be guaranteed to socially sensitive economic activities; the ways of financing them; the economic organisation of the industry; and the production decisions. By focusing on organisation, the paper reinterprets the market structure in public service industries on the basis of the interactions among three main players: users/citizens, the government and the service supplier. It argues that the issue of public versus private ownership has been overemphasised, and that an effective increase in efficiency can be obtained by introducing appropriate incentives for both public and business players. Instead of using a single policy instrument, namely privatisation, public action ought to be informed by an array of organisational solutions.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 14:39
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:06


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