The ongoing transformation of horizontal cross-sectoral links in providing public services is a topic that has been discussed not only in the Anglo-Saxon environment. Hybridization is a highly relevant and, even in (post-) transition economies, still insufficiently explored phenomenon.
The existence of a mix of public service providers (e.g. in the educational, health care, water management, power industry, and transportation sectors) and of various hybrid models (such as purchaser–provider models, contracting out, outsourcing/commissioning, corporatization, public–private partnerships) gives rise to new challenging issues requiring a systemic solution at both the theoretical and practical levels. They will be researched in the dissertation which is expected to determine the percentage of hybrid organisations in the selected sectors of public services and provide comprehensive evaluation of the current state of hybridization under the conditions of the Czech Republic (or, as the case may be, other transition economies) in identifying quasi-market principles. By measuring the impacts of hybridity on the provision of public services (focusing on a specific dimension of such an impact as well as on availability, expense-to-revenue ratio, influence on the labour market, accommodation of target groups’ needs, etc.), it is possible to quantitatively evaluate even qualitative attributes of so called mixed enterprises collaboration, while taking account of the legislative, economic and institutional environments and possibly also predicting potential changes.
The goal of the dissertation is to establish the share of hybrid organisations in the selected sectors of public services and analyse specific impacts of hybridity on their provision under the conditions of the Czech Republic/Slovakia, or, as the case may be, other (post-) transition economies.