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), 253-267.

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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. key words employment services • Work Programme commissioning • sector • field theory

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1332/030557314X14079275800414
Depositing User: Louise South
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 14:17
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 03:22
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11320

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