The mutual state: how local communities can run public services

The mutual state: how local communities can run public services
Document type
Guidance
Author(s)
Mayo, Ed; Moore, Henrietta
Publisher
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
1 September 2001
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Public service reform is top of the political agenda. Without fresh ideas, the obituary for the welfare state will read, 'Fondly remembered – Failed to deliver'. There will be nowhere for the public sector to go except the corrosive route of break-up, privatisation, confusion and citizens’ distrust. There is, however, a new vision for government, based not on serving citizens but on co-operating with them. The idea is simple, reveals this guide: citizens, on their own or coming together at a
neighbourhood or some other level, play a key role in the design and delivery of public services. The authors call this the Mutual State, drawing on a long history of mutual approaches that enlist people as partners rather than users, but re-creating a new form of mutuality focused on participation and social entrepreneurship rather than conventional ownership. This pocketbook describes the new mutuality and sets out the vision of government it embodies.

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