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The nature of a public service.

Spicker, Paul

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Paul Spicker



Abstract

Public services have been misunderstood. They are not simply services in the public sector, they are not necessarily there because of market failure, and they cannot be analysed by the same criteria as market-based provision. They have four defining characteristics. They exist for reasons of policy; they provide services to the public; they are redistributive; and they act as a trust. They consequently operate differently from production for profit, in their priorities, costs, capacity and outputs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2009
Journal International journal of public administration
Print ISSN 0190-0692
Electronic ISSN 1532-4265
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 11
Pages 970-991
Institution Citation SPICKER, P. 2009. The nature of a public service. International journal of public administration [online], 32(11), pages 970-991. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/01900690903050927
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01900690903050927
Keywords Public services; Market failure; Social services

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