Department of Political Science


Enhancing the Quality of Our Public Services

13 December 2023, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Marc smiles into the camera

Assessing the Effects of Organisational Forms in Public Service Quality. Prof Marc Esteve's inaugural lecture is free and open to all.

Event Information

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Eleanor Kingwell-Banham


Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Sq
United Kingdom


In today's landscape of public service implementation, policymakers can choose from a diverse array of organisational forms. They can opt for exclusive reliance on public organisations, or they can build a variety of collaborative ventures with private or non-profit sectors, including initiatives like public-private partnerships, externalisations, or contracting out. But which of these forms work best? Advocates argue that collaborative structures hold the potential to enhance the delivery of public services, while skeptics contend that their intricate governance complexities pose substantial challenges. Yet, our understanding of the performance of public-private partnerships remains scarce.

This upcoming lecture aims to address this knowledge gap, delving into an exploration of which organisational arrangements strike the most favorable balance between efficiency and service quality. We invite you to join us for Professor Esteve's inaugural lecture, where we will navigate the nuances of this issue.


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This event will be recorded and the video will be uploaded to our YouTube channel.

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There is step-free access to the lecture theatre and designated seating for wheelchair users.

There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre.

There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre.

There is space for an assistance dog.

Further info can be found here.