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Is the Asset Transfer of Public Leisure Facilities in England an Example of Associative Democracy?

Lookup NU author(s): Deborah Forbes



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In England, public sports facilities and libraries provided by local government are being transferred to management and delivery by volunteers. The catalyst for this development has been reductions in local government budgets. However, case studies explore if this asset transfer “offers a way of restoring the ideal of committed public service in the face of widespread bureaucratic failure and retreat”, as a form of associative democracy and empowerment of both the volunteers and those for whom the services are provided.

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Author(s): Nichols G, Forbes D, Findlay-King L, MacFadyen G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Administrative Sciences

Year: 2015

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Pages: 71-87

Online publication date: 11/05/2015

Acceptance date: 04/05/2015

Date deposited: 17/07/2015

ISSN (electronic): 2076-3387

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/admsci5020071


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