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The Contracting OrganizationA Strategic Guide to Outsourcing$
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Simon Domberger

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198774570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198774575.001.0001

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Public Sector Contracting

Public Sector Contracting

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(p.157) 9 Public Sector Contracting
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The Contracting Organization
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Simon Domberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198774575.003.0009

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

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