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AccountabilityA Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract$
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Anne Davies

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299486.001.0001

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Government by Contract

Government by Contract

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Government by Contract
Source:
Accountability
Author(s):

A. C. L. Davies

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299486.003.0001

This chapter explores some of the controversies and uses of contracts put to use by modern governments. The first part examines the potential scope of ‘government by contract’. The second part discusses three aspects of the critique of government by contract: the absence of controls on when the government can use contract; the weakness of controls over the government's behaviour during the contracting process; and concerns about the place of public interest values in government contracts. All these aspects offer some guidance as to the issues which may need to be addressed in a study of internal government contracts. The chapter also provides an important background on the controversies on internal government contracts.

Keywords:   absence of controls, weakness of controls, public interest values, contract controversies, contracting process

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