Public services without government?
Two weeks ago, David Cameron set out his vision for public service reform in the Open Public Services White Paper. Letâ€™s see how the language of the paper compares to previous white papers from Tony Blair (2006) and Gordon Brown (2008).
Such things can be over-interpreted â€“ but they are certainly interesting. Here are just three things that are striking to us:
- â€˜Governmentâ€™ appears less prominently in 2011
- â€˜Providersâ€™ get plenty of mentions in this weekâ€™s paper â€“ and there are far fewer mentions of â€˜professionsâ€™, which featured prominently in Gordon Brownâ€™s 2008 vision
- Terms like â€˜deliveryâ€™, â€˜strategyâ€™ and â€˜performanceâ€™ have all but died out
Feel free to comment with your own observations!