A commentary on local authority commercialisation strategies

Jones, Peter and Comfort, Daphne (2018) A commentary on local authority commercialisation strategies. Journal of Public Affairs. e1885. ISSN 14723891

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Abstract

As growing numbers of local authorities in England are facing up to funding challenges, many of them are looking to commercialising services to increase revenue and to balance their budgets. This commentary paper outlines the characteristics of commercialisation and the drivers for it, reviews the commercial strategies being introduced by a number of local authorities, and offers some general reflections on commercialisation within local government. Although local authorities have created their own individual commercialisation strategies, a number of general themes can be identified within these strategies. These common themes include the drivers for commercialisation; the vision, aims, and objectives of commercialisation strategies; delivery plans and priorities; measurement; and risk management. In reflecting on local authority commercialisation strategies, the authors highlight the importance of developing both a communications plan and new skills and knowledge bases for employees, and they link their findings to the privatisation of public sector services and to neoliberal models of local service provision.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Accounting, Finance & Law
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 16:39
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 15:23
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6331

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