Delivering public services: a greater role for the private sector?
The 'Delivering public services: a greater role for the private sector?' study deals with the analysis of how private sector involvement in the provision of Social services of general interest (SSGIs) impacts quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the services in question, what are main drivers behind the increased private sector involvement, what quality control measures are in place, etc. The SSGIs that fall within the scope of this study include health; employment and training services; long-term care; child care; social housing and education. The countries selected for analysis include Sweden, Spain, England and Lithuania. Each country study will include three case studies of social service providers chosen based on predetermined selection criteria allowing to look at services with varying degrees of private sector involvement, from service delivery based on service contracts to fully taking over provision of certain public services. Importantly, we will look in each country at whether the economic downturn has had implicatons of greater private sector involvement in the provision of SSGIs. The main deliverable will be final report containing the country studies and a comparison between them including identified trends, differences and policy implications.