Government by Contract Outsourcing and American Democracy

Innbundet / 2009 / Engelsk

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2009
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Government by Contract Outsourcing and American Democracy

Innbundet / 2009 / Engelsk
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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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.
* Acknowledgments * Introduction: Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy Jody Freeman and Martha Minow I. Recent Developments * Public-Private Governance: An Historical Introduction William J. Novak * The Transformation of Government Work: Causes, Consequences and Distortions John Donahue * The Federal Framework for Competing Commercial Work between the Public and Private Sectors Matthew Blum II. Cases and Critiques * Rent-a-Regulator: Design and Innovation in Environmental Decisionmaking Miriam Seifter * Outsourcing Power: Privatizing Military Efforts and the Risks to Accountability, Professionalism, and Democracy Martha Minow * How Privatization Thinks: The Case of Prisons Sharon Dolovich III. Responses and Reforms A. Don't Increase Regulation * Achieving Contracting Goals and Recognizing Public Law Concerns: A Contracting Management Perspective Steven J. Kelman * Federal Contracting in Context: What Drives It, How to Improve It Stan Soloway and Alan Chvotkin B. Use Existing Tools * Some Legal Reforms to Increase Contractor Accountability Nina A. Mendelson * Privatization and Democracy: Resources in Administrative Law Alfred C. Aman, Jr. C. Press Constitutional Restrictions * Private Delegations, Due Process, and the Duty to Supervise Gillian E. Metzger * Outsourcing and the Duty to Govern Paul R. Verkuil * Public Values/Private Contract Laura A. Dickinson * Notes * List of Contributors * Index
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This book could not be more timely or important. Renowned legal scholars Jody Freeman and Martha Minow have assembled some of the best minds in law, public administration, economics, and political science to consider the pervasive trend toward outsourcing in American government. The result is not just an essential guide to a crucial development, but also a nuanced warning: For all the attractions of outsourcing, the tide of "government by contract" threatens both democratic values and shared policy goals.--Jacob S. Hacker, author of The Great Risk Shift: The Assault on American Jobs, Families, Healthcare, and Retirement--And How You Can Fight BackThis book sheds new light on a critically important topic. I recommend it to every student of contracting out and privatization.--Paul C. Light, author of A Government Ill Executed
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This book sheds new light on a critically important topic. I recommend it to every student of contracting out and privatization. -- Paul C. Light, author of A Government Ill Executed This book could not be more timely or important. Renowned legal scholars Jody Freeman and Martha Minow have assembled some of the best minds in law, public administration, economics, and political science to consider the pervasive trend toward outsourcing in American government. The result is not just an essential guide to a crucial development, but also a nuanced warning: For all the attractions of outsourcing, the tide of "government by contract" threatens both democratic values and shared policy goals. -- Jacob S. Hacker, author of The Great Risk Shift: The Assault on American Jobs, Families, Healthcare, and Retirement--And How You Can Fight Back This book documents both the dramatic recent increase in outsourcing to the private sector of functions traditionally performed directly by government in the U.S. and the equally dramatic breakdowns of traditional accountability mechanisms in many contexts (political, legal, economic). It also outlines an ambitious reform agenda which everyone concerned with the public policy-making process in the 21st century must take seriously. -- Michael Trebilcock, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
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Jody Freeman is Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. Martha Minow is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.
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ISBN13
9780674032088
Publisert
2009
Utgiver
Vendor
Harvard University Press
Aldersnivå
05, 06, UU, UP, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
552
Høyde
235 mm
Bredde
156 mm
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