Moon, G., Joseph, A.E. and Kearns, R.
Towards a general explanation for the survival of the private asylum
Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 23, (2), . (doi:10.1068/c15r).
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Taken together, the ascendancy of community care and the dominant role of the state as
a funder of services have meant that private sector residential care for people with mental health
problems is now a rarity in most countries. Yet private asylums have persisted in some places. The
authors propose an analytical framework for understanding such `institutional survivals'. This frame-
work problematises the public ^ private and community ^ asylum boundaries that have hitherto
been taken for granted. The framework is applied to case studies in Canada and New Zealand.
Survival of these institutions is found to be centrally associated with accommodations with legislative
environments, proactive innovation, and the availability of markets.
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