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Contracting Out Government Services / Edition 1
     

Contracting Out Government Services / Edition 1

by Paul Seidenstat, Daniel Lieberfeld
 

ISBN-10: 0275965422

ISBN-13: 9780275965426

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275965426
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Privatizing Government: An Interdisciplinary Series
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Theory and Practice of Contracting Out in the United States by Paul Seidenstat

Overview of the Process of Contracting Out

Municipal Contracting in the 1980s: Tinkering or Reinventing Government by Ruth Hoogland DeHoog and Lana Stein

Public and Private: Learning, Linking, and Legitimating by Larkin S. Dudley

Developing a Privatization Strategy Using Competitive Bidding, Cooperative Partnerships, and Networks by Frank W. Davis, Jr.

Contracting to Affiliated Companies Under Concessions: The Economic Approach by Jack W. Lillywhite

The Practice of Contracting Out

Role of Public/Private Juvenile Programs by William E. Botkin

Electronic Monitoring in Los Angeles County: A Case of Public-Private Partnership in Community Corrections by Sheldon X. Zhang

Policy Considerations in the Privatization of Local Detention Facilities by Sarah Armstrong and David Moulton

Privatization Lessons from Hospital and Prison Experiences by Van R. Johnston

Privatization as a Viable Alternative for Local Governments: The Case Study of a Failed Michigan Town by Robert T. Kleiman and Anandi P. Sahu

The Cost and Production of Solid Waste Disposal Service by Douglas K. Adie and James C. McDavid

Playing Golf on Plush Private-Sector Greens by Raymond J. Keating

Obstacles and Side Effects of Contracting Out

Implementing the Contract by Allan C. Rusten

Legal Barriers to Local Privatization by Nicholas Morgan

How Contracting Out City Services Impacts Public Employees by Stephen Moore

Competition Between Public Agencies and Private Vendors: Vehicle Maintenance Services in Greeley by Jack Sterling

The Mechanics of Contracting Out by Paul Seidenstat

Index

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