New Economy, vol. 10, 2003, p. 21-27
Discusses the role of public interest companies in delivering public services. Their use is appropriate in three key areas:
P. Taylor-Gooby, C. Hastie and C. Bromley
Social Policy and Administration, vol. 37, 2003, p. 1-20
The UK's Labour government has set ambitious targets for improvements in public services such as healthcare and education while at the same time committing itself to fiscal prudence. At the same time citizens are increasingly challenging government policy. Article reports findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey on citizens' knowledge and beliefs in the main social policy areas. Finds that citizens' beliefs about redistributive policies which involve increasing taxation for the better off and expanding provision for the poor are inaccurate and moves in this direction will create controversy. On the other hand, NHS costs are more accurately perceived, and the proposed expansion is likely to ignite less controversy.