Understanding Healthcare Social Enterprises : A New Public Governance Perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)834-855
Journal / PublicationJournal of Social Policy
Issue number4
Online published23 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


In recent years 'social enterprises' have become important partners in the delivery of key public services such as healthcare. However, little is known about how healthcare social enterprises contribute to public service provision in the health sector. We analyzed 172 social enterprises from four continents involved in healthcare to assess the types of interventions, processes, and roles they play responding to rapidly evolving healthcare systems. We found that they are engaged broadly in three dimensions of health service provision: improving access to health services; improving the quality of health services; and building public health capacity. We contribute to social policy theory by enhancing understanding of the micro-level interventions of social enterprises in the healthcare sector and articulating new dimensions of NPG that include co-innovation, co-lobbying, and co-integration in the context of healthcare. © The Author(s), 2021.

Research Area(s)

  • health, healthcare, intervention, New Public Governance, social enterprise