Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy

Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy

by Jody Freeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 067403208X

ISBN-13: 9780674032088

Pub. Date: 02/15/2009

Publisher: Harvard

The dramatic growth of government over the course of the twentieth century since the New Deal prompts concern among libertarians and conservatives and also among those who worry about government’s costs, efficiency, and quality of service. These concerns, combined with rising confidence in private markets, motivate the widespread shift of federal and state

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Overview

The dramatic growth of government over the course of the twentieth century since the New Deal prompts concern among libertarians and conservatives and also among those who worry about government’s costs, efficiency, and quality of service. These concerns, combined with rising confidence in private markets, motivate the widespread shift of federal and state government work to private organizations. This shift typically alters only who performs the work, not who pays or is ultimately responsible for it. “Government by contract” now includes military intelligence, environmental monitoring, prison management, and interrogation of terrorism suspects.

Outsourcing government work raises questions of accountability. What role should costs, quality, and democratic oversight play in contracting out government work? What tools do citizens and consumers need to evaluate the effectiveness of government contracts? How can the work be structured for optimal performance as well as compliance with public values?

Government by Contract explains the phenomenon and scope of government outsourcing and sets an agenda for future research attentive to workforce capacities as well as legal, economic, and political concerns.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674032088
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy Jody Freeman and Martha Minow


    I. Recent Developments
  1. Public-Private Governance: An Historical Introduction William J. Novak
  2. The Transformation of Government Work: Causes, Consequences and Distortions John Donahue
  3. The Federal Framework for Competing Commercial Work between the Public and Private Sectors Matthew Blum

  4. II. Cases and Critiques
  5. Rent-a-Regulator: Design and Innovation in Environmental Decisionmaking Miriam Seifter
  6. Outsourcing Power: Privatizing Military Efforts and the Risks to Accountability, Professionalism, and Democracy Martha Minow
  7. How Privatization Thinks: The Case of Prisons Sharon Dolovich

  8. III. Responses and Reforms
    A. Don’t Increase Regulation
  9. Achieving Contracting Goals and Recognizing Public Law Concerns: A Contracting Management Perspective Steven J. Kelman
  10. Federal Contracting in Context: What Drives It, How to Improve It Stan Soloway and Alan Chvotkin

  11. B. Use Existing Tools
  12. Some Legal Reforms to Increase Contractor Accountability Nina A. Mendelson
  13. Privatization and Democracy: Resources in Administrative Law Alfred C. Aman, Jr.

  14. C. Press Constitutional Restrictions
  15. Private Delegations, Due Process, and the Duty to Supervise Gillian E. Metzger
  16. Outsourcing and the Duty to Govern Paul R. Verkuil
  17. Public Values/Private Contract Laura A. Dickinson

  • Notes
  • List of Contributors
  • Index

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