Contract service firms in local authorities: evolving geographies of activity


Reimer, S. (1999) Contract service firms in local authorities: evolving geographies of activity. Regional Studies, 33, (2), 121-130.

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Contract service firms in local authorities: evolving geographies of activity, Reg. Studies 33 , 121-130. The introduction of compulsory competitive tendering has significantly reshaped the nature of manual service provision in local authorities. Since 1989, private firms have won an increasing share of contracts, particularly within the cleaning and catering sectors. The paper evaluates the activities of large national and multinational companies, and both considers the reasons why such firms have taken on local government contracts, and examines decisions to bid for contracts in particular places. It is suggested that cleaning and catering firms have been influenced by perceptions about the political control of local authorities and by the shape of the management structures of firms' existing contracts. The paper indicates that a previous north-south split in tendering patterns has been replaced by more complex geographies of private sector activity.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0034-3404 (print)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 56866
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:39
Contact Email Address: S.Reimer@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/56866

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