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UK employment services: understanding provider strategies in a dynamic strategic action field

Taylor, Rebecca; Rees, James and Damm, Christopher (2016). UK employment services: understanding provider strategies in a dynamic strategic action field. Policy and Politics, 44(2) pp. 253–267.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557314X14079275800414
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Abstract

UK employment services are increasingly delivered by public, private and third sector organisations in quasi-markets that can be viewed as fields with actors (providers) competing for resources and position. The commissioning of the Work Programme produced an ‘episode of contention’ as fewer resources, shifting policy priorities and new contractual arrangements restructured relationships within the field. Drawing on empirical research the paper demonstrates how providers with different resources have navigated this period, employing strategies to manage challenger and incumbent roles and maintain their position in the field. The findings contribute to both field theory and our theoretical understanding of employment services.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Policy Press
ISSN: 1470-8442
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Third Sector Research CentreNot SetESRC
Keywords: work programme commissioning; employment services; field theory; sector
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 45523
Depositing User: James Rees
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 17:16
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 20:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45523
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