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Asquer, Alberto and Ahmed, Al-Zahrani (2020) 'Public Services Reforms in Neo-Patrimonial Systems: The Commercialization of Healthcare and Education in Saudi Arabia.' Public Management Review, 22 (2). pp. 255-277.

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Reforms of public services have been extensively researched in representative democracies, where they have been especially explained by ideological change, political turnover, financial crises and pressures from international organizations. Meanwhile, less attention has been paid to explaining them in countries whose institutions have been characterized as neo-patrimonial systems. This study aims to explain the commercialization of healthcare and education services that took place in Saudi Arabia since the 2000s. The analysis provides some ways to refine and expand existing theoretical accounts of public services reforms in regimes that differ from representative democracies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Public services reform; neo-patrimonial systems; commercialization of public services; Saudi Arabia
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
ISSN: 14719037
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Public Management Review on 11 Mar 2019, available online:
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Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 12:08
Related URLs: https://www.tan ... .com/loi/rpxm20 (Publisher URL)

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