Contracting for Public Services
Routledge – 2007 – 224 pages
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.
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.
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
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.