The Future of Social Services: Accountability, Planning and the Market: Accountability, Planning and the Market (The 1993 conference)


There is growing concern in many areas of public life about the extent to which policy making is becoming increasingly centralised on the one hand, and, on the other hand, devolved to local bodies and agencies made up of appointed rather than elected members. This increasing power of agencies which appear to have decreasing public accountability is seen by some to be part of increasing moves towards establishing markets in health and social care. The extent to which market forces allow for planning of public services is one of the themes underlying much of the recent debate on the future of social services.