New models of public service ownership

Tuesday 18 September 2012


‘Mutuals’ are organisations that are owned by their employees, in some cases alongside other stakeholders, and now represent a significant section of the economy. Recent policy initiatives from all political parties seek to extend their contribution, and the government has recently outlined plans to extend their role in public services. This report draws on research evidence to suggest which models are likely to be most appropriate in different circumstances, and identifies the public services where greater employee control might add value. It sets out some of the issues for government and commissioners, and for leaders of provider organisations to consider. It was published as part of OPM’s pro bono public interest research programme.