Public leisure provision under Compulsory Competitive Tendering: the maintenance of ideological dominance?
Ravenscroft, N. and Tolley, J. , (1993) Public leisure provision under Compulsory Competitive Tendering: the maintenance of ideological dominance? Working Papers in Land Management & Development. 13/93. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp26.
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Although much has been written about the effect on services of public sector restructuring, little is yet available on public leisure provision. This omission is addressed by considering how the delivery of public leisure services in Britain has been affected by the imposition of Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT). In particular, it focuses on the changing relationship between the central and local levels of government recognising, on the part of local government, a continuum of structural responses to central initiatives which have, in some cases, conspired to reduce the impact of CCT on public leisure provision. The paper concludes that although attempts have been made to protect local services, the outcome of the CCT process has been the regeneration of public leisure provision away from its service roots, but within an enduring ideological paradigm of conservative professionalism.