Implementing the UK Central Government's policy agenda for improved third sector engagement: reflecting on issues arising from third sector commissioning workshops

Martin Jones, Joyce Liddle

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As many states recognise the need to enter into new relationships with the third sector, strategic commissioning of services has moved up the political agenda. The establishment of the Office of the Third Sector in the UK Cabinet Office heralded a commitment to engage the “voice” and “choice” of third sector organizations in designing, delivering and measuring public service delivery. This paper seeks to report on the findings gathered from a series of workshops and other data collection on public sector commissioning of third sector service delivery, and to highlight some tensions and emerging issues in this policy field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-171
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011



  • third sector
  • service delivery
  • policy agenda
  • UK Government

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