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Contracting out employment services to the third and private sectors




12.30pm to 2.15pm. Seminar starts at 1pm.

Series: Centre for Disability and Social Inclusion Seminar

The government is making increasing use of the private and third sector in the provision of employment-related services. Ministers claim that this results in better service for users and better value for money for the taxpayer. Using the government's own evaluative reports, the presentation will examine and challenge these claims for third and private sector superiority in service provision.

Over the past twenty five years, Steve Davies has conducted extensive research on public sector reform, work and employment relations at UK, European and global level.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

Davies, S (forthcoming) ‘Outsourcing and the Voluntary Sector: a review of the evolving policy landscape’ in Cunningham, I and James, P (eds) Voluntary Organisations and Service Delivery. London: Routledge.

Davies, S (forthcoming) Government Policy, Recession and the Voluntary Sector. A report for UNISON. London: UNISON.

Davies, S. (2008) ‘Contracting out Employment Services to the Third and Private Sectors: a Critique’, Critical Social Policy. Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 136-164.

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12.00am - 12.00amWednesday 10th March 2010