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Transforming professional and service user identities in the heterotopian 'hybrid spaces' of public-private partnerships

Waring, Justin; Bishop, Simon

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Simon Bishop



Abstract

Public–private partnerships (PPPs) are interpreted as ‘hybrid’ organisations that combine the distinct organising principles of public and private sectors. This paper develops a spatial analysis of these ‘hybrid spaces’ to understand how they transform the practices and identities of professionals and service users. Informed by Foucault’s ‘heterotopia’ concept, the paper considers how the juxtaposition of competing organising principles disrupts established identities, with patients recast as ‘consumer-travellers’ and staff as ‘productive professionals’. The tensions between these organising principles, manifest in the spatial practices of professionals and patients, create opportunities for actors to reflexively contest prescribed practices and identities.

Citation

Waring, J., & Bishop, S. (2018). Transforming professional and service user identities in the heterotopian 'hybrid spaces' of public-private partnerships. Policy and Politics, doi:10.1332/030557318X15333033267699. ISSN 0305-5736

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 10, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2018
Publication Date Aug 8, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 9, 2019
Print ISSN 0305-5736
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1332/030557318X15333033267699
Publisher URL https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap/pre-prints/content-pppolicypold1700127r30;jsessionid=4i72ecvo0c72v.x-ic-live-01
Additional Information This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy and Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: https://www.ingentaconn...2ecvo0c72v.x-ic-live-01

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