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Working with Private Partners

By Richard Batley and George Larbi


In this chapter we examine the experience of 'exporting' functions to the private sector, and the impact this has on the functioning of public administration. Whether through the import of practices or the export of functions, these can be seen as different ways of addressing the principal-agent problem of public administration. That there is such a problem will be accepted for the purposes of this chapter, although it can well be counter-argued that this critique of public administration is less a description of reality and more a mobilizing device to generate impetus for reform

Topics: HJ Public Finance, JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Year: 2004
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