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AccountabilityA Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract$
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Anne Davies

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299486.001.0001

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Accountability Analysis in Practice: NHS Contracts

Accountability Analysis in Practice: NHS Contracts

(p.89) 5 Accountability Analysis in Practice: NHS Contracts

A. C. L. Davies

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This chapter develops accountability analysis to reflect the richness and variety of the empirical material available on NHS contracts. It prepares the ground for the case study in two stages. First, it presents a more sophisticated method of classifying and analysing accountability relationships to be used in the empirical study. It examines two extreme forms of contractual relationships. Hard contracts involve formal, short-term relationships in which the purchaser explores the market to get the best deal. Soft contracts involve less formal, longer-term relationships in which the purchaser uses persuasive strategies to get a good performance from the provider. Secondly, the chapter presents a brief account of the methodology used in the empirical study. Specifically, it explains the way in which NHS bodies were selected for participation in the research, and the techniques used to collect data.

Keywords:   contractual relationships, hard contract, soft contract, methodology, data collection, NHS bodies

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