Government contracting is one of the most important issues facing federal, state, and local governments. As governments contend with lower tax revenues and a growing belief that smaller government is better government, contracting has become a fundamental means of providing goods and services to citizens. This volume, which is geared toward practitioners as well as students, addresses the broad range of issues that comprise government contracting – from the political, economic philosophy, and value of contracting – to the future of government contracting.
Throughout the volume academic theory provides a foundation to address practical subjects, including the contract process, monitoring and evaluating contracts, ethics, and both federal and state local government contracting. Contributors to this volume are both academicians and practitioners, who together offer their scholarly expertise and practical experience, encouraging readers to ask the very question "What is the role of government in American society?" Through this approach, students will acquire the knowledge needed to understand the various aspects of government contracting, and practitioners will enhance their public procurement skills. Government Contracting is ideally suited to MPA students, practitioners in the public sector, and elected officials looking to enhance their understanding of privatization and contracting in order to provide public services more effectively.
"This handbook offers much needed guidance for hard pressed practitioners and students of public management alike on the complex choices and managerial challenges posed by the growing governmental reliance on private contractors. The chapters provide clearly written and incisive observations and conclusions on some of the most important and vexing issues that managers and the public face in determining whether to contract and how to ensure that private implementers are accountable for public values and objectives. A book like this should be required reading in public administration courses." –Paul L. Posner, George Mason University, USA
Part 1: Government Contracting Theory 1. Political and Economic Philosophy and the Value of Contacting Lynne A. Weikart 2. The Contracting Decision Olga Victorovna Smirnova and Suzanne Leland 3. The Contracting Process William Sims Curry Part 2: Issues in Government Contracting 4. Performance-based Contacting Lawrence Martin 5. Contracting with Nonprofit Organizations Christopher Prentice and Jeffrey Brudney 6. Public Private Partnerships: Implications for Public Procurement Wendell Lawther 7. Monitoring and Evaluating Contracts Clifford McCue and Bill Davison Part 3: Government Contracting: Ethics, Management and Governance 8. Governance and Contracting Julia L. Carboni 9. Ethics in Contracting William Sims Curry 10. Impact of Contracting on Managing Government Organizations Stephen B. Gordon 11. Contracting in State and Local Governments Donna Ginter 12. The Future of Government Contracting Robert A. Shick
The Public Solutions Handbook series is designed to help public sector practitioners build the necessary competencies needed to respond to emerging issues, deliver services that policymakers have promised to the public, carry out their missions efficiently and effectively, and work in partnership with their stakeholders. The series is also geared towards students in graduate-degree programs who are seeking succinct, pragmatic, grounded guidance that will help them succeed in their public administration careers. This includes students in master of public administration (MPA), master of public policy (MPP), master of nonprofit management (MNPM) and even some master of business administration (MBA) and doctor of law (LLD) programs.