Contracting Out Government Services / Edition 1

Contracting Out Government Services / Edition 1

by Paul Seidenstat, Daniel Lieberfeld
     
 

Privatization of government services in the United States has accelerated in the last two decades, especially at the state and local levels. This work focuses on contracting out—the most widely used method of privatization. Contributors from academia, consulting firms, government agencies, and private providers discuss the why and how of contracting out and

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Overview

Privatization of government services in the United States has accelerated in the last two decades, especially at the state and local levels. This work focuses on contracting out—the most widely used method of privatization. Contributors from academia, consulting firms, government agencies, and private providers discuss the why and how of contracting out and examine the results of contracted services, including quality and cost measures of performance. Some chapters apply economic theory to contracting out. Others examine recent case studies of contracting out initiatives.

The book begins with a thoughtful essay on the theory of privatization and examines the recent record of use in state and local governments. Section 1 takes an overview look at contracting out. Section 2 examines contracting in the criminal justice area as well as examples of contracting in such diverse areas as trash collection and the operation of golf courses. The final section looks in depth at the mechanics, obstacles, and effects of contracting. The book points out the pluses and minuses of contracting out and points to the lessons that can be learned from the recent history of this privatization technique.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275965426
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Privatizing Government: An Interdisciplinary Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

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IOverview1
1Theory and Practice of Contracting Out in the United States3
2Municipal Contracting in the 1980s: Tinkering or Reinventing Government26
3Public and Private: Learning, Linking, and Legitimating39
4Developing a Privatization Strategy Using Competitive Bidding, Cooperative Partnerships, and Networks53
5Contracting to Affiliated Companies under Concessions: The Economic Approach85
IIThe Practice of Contracting out91
6Role of Public/Private Juvenile Programs93
7Electronic Monitoring in Los Angeles County: A Case of Public-Private Partnership in Community Corrections108
8Policy Considerations in the Privatization of Local Detention Facilities122
9Privatization Lessons' from Hospital and Prison Experiences134
10Privatization as a Viable Alternative for Local Governments: The Case Study of a Failed Michigan Town151
11The Cost and Production of Solid Waste Disposal Service166
12Playing Golf on Plush Private-Sector Greens178
IIIObstacles and Side Effects of Contracting Out185
13Implementing Privatization in the Public Sector187
14Legal Barriers to Local Privatization194
15How Contracting Out City Services Impacts Public Employees211
16Competition Between Public Agencies and Private Vendors: Vehicle Maintenance Services in Greeley219
17The Mechanics of Contracting Out233
Index249
About the Editor and Contributors253

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