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Public Sector Contracting

Simon Domberger

in The Contracting Organization

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198774570
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198774575.003.0009
 Public Sector Contracting

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This chapter and the following two look at the structural changes that have resulted from the economy‐wide application of contracting out. The public sector is, perhaps, the one that has been most profoundly affected by it, and about which controversy concerning the appropriate scope of private and public production continues to smoulder. Chapter 9 considers the issues relevant to public sector contracting, including the potential benefits and problems. The emphasis is on application, and the identification of the limits to contracting activity. The different parts of the chapter are as follows: The role of contracting in public sector reform; Potential benefits of public sector contracting; Problems of public sector contracting; Private–public sector competition––a level playing field? and The limits to public sector contracting.

Keywords: benefits; competition; contracting out; limits; outsourcing; private–public sector competition; private sector; problems; public sector; public sector reform; structural changes

Chapter.  11196 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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