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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 Internal Contract

Government by Internal Contract

Chapter:
(p.27) 2 Government by Internal Contract
Source:
Accountability
Author(s):

A. C. L. Davies

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299486.003.0002

This chapter introduces internal government contracts and cites some of the main examples of this phenomenon: in central government, framework agreements between government departments and their agencies, and Public Service Agreements (PSAs) between the Treasury and government departments. It introduces the book's case study: contracts between purchasers and providers in the NHS. It discusses two themes of importance in this study. First, it examines the similarities and differences between different types of internal contract. This information aids in the determining of whether or not internal contracts are a coherent category for the purpose of study and reform. Secondly, it explores the legal status of each of the internal contracts described in the chapter. The chapter concludes that the most prominent aspect of the common internal features is the fact that they are highly unlikely to be enforceable by law.

Keywords:   NHS, PSAs, legal status, case study, central government, internal government contracts

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