You Don't Always Get What You Pay for: The Economics of Privatization / Edition 1

You Don't Always Get What You Pay for: The Economics of Privatization / Edition 1

by Elliott D. Sclar
     
 

Today, nearly all public services—schools, hospitals, prisons, fire departments, sanitation—are considered fair game for privatization. Proponents of privatization argue that private firms will respond to competitive market pressures and provide...See more details below

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Today, nearly all public services—schools, hospitals, prisons, fire departments, sanitation—are considered fair game for privatization. Proponents of privatization argue that private firms will respond to competitive market pressures and provide...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487620
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
A Century Foundation Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Chapter 1The Urge to Privatize: From the Bureaucratic State to the Contract State1
Chapter 2What Is the Public Buying? Identifying the Contracted Public Good20
Chapter 3Public vs. Private Production: Is One Better and How Would You Know?47
Chapter 4What's Competition Got to Do with It? Market Structures and Public Contracting69
Chapter 5All in the System: Organizational Theories and Public Contracting94
Chapter 6Restructuring Work: The Relational Contract130
Chapter 7The Privatization of Public Service: Economic Limits of the Contract State151
Bibliography169
Index177

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