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Privatizing Participation? An analysis of the impact of private welfare provision on democratic accountability

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For many citizens, public services are the most direct and tangible output of the democratic process, and yet in the past thirty years policymakers have privatized a broad swath of these services. This paper asks whether this privatization of state services changes citizens’ willingness to use the ballot box to hold governments to account for service performance. It argues that citizens can hold governments to account for privatization, but only if they have genuine political alternatives. Wh...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1177/0032329216674005

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Politics and Int Relations
Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Politics and Society Journal website
Volume:
44
Issue:
4
Pages:
573-613
Publication date:
2016
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EISSN:
1552-7514
ISSN:
0032-3292
URN:
uuid:a319e673-2cfe-4650-8854-b335442b5b1f
Source identifiers:
618222
Local pid:
pubs:618222

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