Working paper 06/149 - Abstract

Governing and Governance A Social Housing Case Study (PDF, file 226 KB) (PDF, 262kB)

Dave Cowan Morag McDermont and Jessica Prendergast

This research project concerns the role of members of governing boards of formerly public assets, where these assets are transferred to a private or quasi-public organisation. Members of these governing boards, although drawn from particular constituencies, are meant to be neutral and experts. We use a case study approach and a qualitative methodology. The case study concerns the governing board of a housing association, which was set up to take on the management of properties formerly managed by a local authority (referred to as a 'large-scale voluntary transfer'). The research notes tensions in the notion of neutrality and explores what counts as 'expertise'.

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