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Adm. Sci. 2015, 5(2), 71-87;

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

Sheffield University Management School, University of Sheffield, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL, UK
Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne Ne1 4SE, UK
Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Antonin Wagner
Received: 30 March 2015 / Revised: 21 April 2015 / Accepted: 4 May 2015 / Published: 11 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nonprofit Governance: Concepts, Visions, and Perspectives)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: associative democracy; public provision; leisure services; volunteers associative democracy; public provision; leisure services; volunteers
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Nichols, G.; Forbes, D.; Findlay-King, L.; Macfadyen, G. Is the Asset Transfer of Public Leisure Facilities in England an Example of Associative Democracy? Adm. Sci. 2015, 5, 71-87.

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