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Publics, Politics and Power explores the emergence of new forms, sites, and practices of publicness and the implications for public services. It examines the remaking of the public in the context of new formations of the nation, where issues of migration, diversity, and faith challenge traditional forms of solidarity and citizenship. It traces the emergence of hybrid organizational forms and new strategies for governing publics and public services. It suggests some of the ways in which the public domain is being recast around notions of civil society, community, and populist participatory politics.

Blurring Boundaries: Private Authority and Public Governance
Blurring boundaries: Private authority and public governance

In the previous chapter we argued that binary distinctions between state and market, or between public and private, are less than helpful, obscuring the multiple ways in which market-like mechanisms and market imagery have been deployed in state reform programmes. The remaking of public services has been much more complicated than this binary would allow, involving new scales and spaces of governing, new sectoral mixes, and innovative forms of organisation that have often been called ‘hybrids’ (e.g., Kickert, 2001). Direct privatisations exist alongside internal markets; public-private partnerships alongside social enterprises; large ‘third sector’ or voluntary organisations involved in major contracted service delivery operate alongside the service user managing their own individual budget ...

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