Skip to content

Government by Contract Outsourcing and American Democracy

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 067403208X

ISBN-13: 9780674032088

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jody Freeman, Martha Minow

List price: $66.50
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!

Description:

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 governmentrsquo;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. ldquo;Government by contractrdquo; 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.
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $66.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 452
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Jody Freeman is Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

Martha Minow is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy
Recent Developments Public-Private Governance: An Historical Introduction
The Transformation of Government Work: Causes, Consequences and Distortions
The Federal Framework for Competing Commercial Work between the Public and Private Sectors
Cases and Critiques Rent-a-Regulator: Design and Innovation in Environmental Decisionmaking
Outsourcing Power: Privatizing Military Efforts and the Risks to Accountability, Professionalism, and Democracy
How Privatization Thinks: The Case of Prisons
Responses and Reforms
Don't Increase Regulation Achieving Contracting Goals and Recognizing Public Law Concerns: A Contracting Management Perspective
Federal Contracting in Context: What Drives It, How to Improve It
Use Existing Tools Some Legal Reforms to Increase Contractor Accountability Nina A. Mendelson
Privatization and Democracy: Resources in Administrative Law
Press Constitutional Restrictions Private Delegations, Due Process, and the Duty to Supervise
Outsourcing and the Duty to Govern
Public Values/Private Contract
Notes
List of Contributors
Index