Journal article

Should We Change the Way We Think About Market Performance When It Comes to Quasi-Markets? A New Framework for Evaluating Public Service Markets

Helen Dickinson, Gemma Carey, Eleanor Malbon, David Gilchrist, Satish Chand, Anne Kavanagh, Damon Alexander



Markets are increasingly used by governments to deliver social services, underpinned by the belief that they can drive efficiency and quality. These ‘quasi-markets' require on-going management to ensure they meet policy goals, and address issues of market inequity. This has seen debates emerge around ‘market stewardship' and ‘market shaping’ that center on how best to manage markets toward optimal policy outcomes. At present, there is a significant gap in both literature and practice with regard to what types of actions are most effective for market stewardship. In this article, we outline a framework that helps diagnose different quasi-market problems. We delineate two dimensions of public ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council, LP170100550.