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Title: Not every public sector is a field: evidence from the recent overhaul of the English NHS
Authors: Gore, Oz
Hammond, Jonathan
Bailey, Simon
Checkland, Katherine
Hodgson, Damian
First Published: 15-Aug-2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Public Management Review, 2018
Abstract: A structural interpretation of institutionalism has become dominant in public management research. Yet, studies tend to assume an institutional-level phenomenon without specifying how an organizational field was identified or whether structural characteristics can indeed be found in the organizational population studied. This lacuna is illustrated by exploring the structural interpretation of the field construct in the case of the recent overhaul of English primary care. Findings demonstrate the need for a more robust application of institutionalism in empirical research. Possible research problems for public management and a future research agenda based on a more relational approach to fields are discussed.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14719037.2018.1503703
ISSN: 1471-9037
eISSN: 1471-9045
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2018. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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