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Public service mutuals: towards a theoretical understanding of the spin-out process

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Over the past few decades the policy environment in the UK has gradually sought to encourage public sector workers to 'spin-out' their services into social enterprises. This paper reports the common experiences and barriers experienced by four local authorities in the UK that 'spun-out' a public service into a social enterprise. The analysis is underpinned by Takahashi and Smutny's (2002) theoretical model of partnerships and uses this to present a new model of the spin-out process. In doing so, the research identifies the complex partnership arrangements used in a spinout involving collaborations with staff, services users and public/private/third sector organisations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: July 2016

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