Sharing Power; Public Governance and Private Markets / Edition 1

Sharing Power; Public Governance and Private Markets / Edition 1

by Donald F. Kettl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815749074

ISBN-13: 9780815749073

Pub. Date: 05/28/1994

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

In the flush of enthusiasm to make government work better, reformers from both left and right have urged government to turn as many functions as possible over to the private sector and to allow market competition instill efficiency and choice. In fact, government has been doing just this for years: every major policy initiative launched since World War II has

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Overview

In the flush of enthusiasm to make government work better, reformers from both left and right have urged government to turn as many functions as possible over to the private sector and to allow market competition instill efficiency and choice. In fact, government has been doing just this for years: every major policy initiative launched since World War II has been managed by public-private partnerships. Yet such privatization has not solved government's problems. While there have been some positive results, thee has been far less success than advocates of market competition have promised.

In a searching examination of why the "competition prescription" has not worked well, Donald F. Kettl finds that government has largely been a poor judge of private markets. Because government rarely operates in truly competitive markets contracting out has not so much solved the problems of inefficiency, but has aggravated them. Government has often not proved to be an intelligent consumer of the goods and services it has purchased. Kettl provides specific recommendations as to how government can become a "smart buyer," knowing what it wants and judging better what it has bought.

Through detailed case studies, Kettl shows that as market imperfections increase, so do problems in governance and management. He examines the A-76 program for buying goods and services, the FTS-2000 telecommunications system, the Superfund program, the Department of Energy's production of nuclear weapons, and contracting out by state and local governments. He argues that government must be more aggressive in managing contracts if it is to build successful partnerships with outside contractors.

Kettl maintains that the answer is not more government, but a smarter one, which requires strong political leadership to refocus the bureaucracy's mission and to change the bureaucratic culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815749073
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
884,141
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The Competition Prescription1
The Hidden Growth of Public-Private Partnerships6
Private Markets14
Public Interests17
The Myth of the Self-Governing Market20
Ch. 2Government and Markets21
The Contracting Relationship22
Different Markets, Different Problems29
Sharing Power37
Ch. 3The A-76 Program: Logistics and Libraries41
Devising a Competitive Process43
The Fruits of Competition46
Contracting Out and Government Employees58
The Government as Buyer62
Ch. 4The FTS-2000 System: Federal Telecommunications67
The Problem of Competition68
Competition in Contracting72
Administering the Contract85
Managing Market Competition94
Ch. 5Superfund: Red Ice and Purple Dogs99
Negotiating Market Behavior101
Controlling the Market105
Program Oversight116
Agency Cultures122
An Imperfect Marketplace126
Ch. 6Nuclear Weapons Production: Bombs and Bomb Makers129
Trouble at Rocky Flats134
Changing the Bureaucratic Culture146
The Intelligence of Government152
Ch. 7Contracting Out in State and Local Governments155
The Evidence on State and Local Contracting157
Contracting Out for Social Services165
Accountability in Service Networks175
Ch. 8The Smart-Buyer Problem179
The Government as Smart Buyer180
Mutual Dependence182
Management Issues for Contracting193
Ch. 9Managing Versus Governing199
Coping with Uncertainty202
Governing through Leadership211
Index213

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