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1st Edition

Contracting for Public Services

ISBN 9780415356558
Published October 15, 2007 by Routledge
224 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Insightful and comprehensive and covering new subjects like globalization and IT, this text, international in its approach, provides a thorough introduction to the key phases of the contracting process and the skills required by managers in its implementation.

These include:

  • policy for contracting
  • strategic purchasing
  • understanding markets
  • communicating the contracting decision
  • designing and drafting the contract
  • the role of the consumer
  • the regulation of service provision

Illustrated throughout with practitioner case-studies from a range of OECD countries, this book presents an important new theoretical ‘contract management model’ and a ‘mature contract model', and explores the mechanisms, formal rules and informal norms that influence the way governments contract for public services. This book is essential reading for all students of public management and all public service managers.


Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction  1. Introduction: The Contractual Age in Public Service Delivery  2. Managing Contracts: A Conceptual Model  Part 2: Organising for Contracting  3. Contract Management Capacity  4. Using Information Technology in Contract Management  5. Training and Educating Contract Managers  Part 3: Contracting and Public Service Delivery Systems  6. Private Providers of Public Services  7. Public-Private Partnerships  Part 4: Conclusions  8. Holding Contractors Accountable: The Regulatory Context  9. Conclusions: Contracting for Public Services

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Carsten Greve is Professor of Public Management and Public–Private Cooperation at the International Center for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and several books, including The Challenge of Public–Private Partnerships: Learning from International Experience (co-edited with Graeme Hodge). He is also the vice-study leader for the MPA programme at the Copenhagen Business School.