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Main Title Sharing power : public governance and private markets /
Author Kettl, Donald F.
Publisher The Brookings Institution,
Year Published 1993
OCLC Number 27070553
ISBN 0815749066; 9780815749066; 0815749074; 9780815749073
Subjects Privatization--United States ; Public contracts--United States ; Contracting out--United States ; Government contractors--United States ; Privatisering ; Efficièentie ; Concurrentie
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  HD3888.K48 1993 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 09/17/1993
EJBM  HD3888.K48 1993 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 06/01/2001
Collation xi, 219 pages ; 24 cm
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes The competition prescription -- Government and markets -- The A-76 program : logistics and libraries -- The FTS-2000 system : federal telecommunications -- Superfund : red ice and purple dogs -- Nuclear weapons production : bombs and bomb makers -- Contracting out in state and local governments -- The smart-buyer problem -- Managing versus governing. In the flush of enthusiasm to make govemment work better, reformers from both left and right have urged government to turn as many functions as possible over to the private sector and to allow market competition to instill efficiency and choice. In fact, government has been doing just this for years: every major policy initiative launched since World War II has been managed by public-private partnerships. Yet such privatization has not solved government's problems. While there have been some positive results, there has been far less success than advocates of market competition have promised. In a searching examination of why the "competition prescription" has not worked well, Donald F. Kettl finds that government has largely been a poor judge of private markets. Because government rarely operates in truly competitive markets, contracting out has not so much solved the problems of inefficiency as aggravated them. Government has often not proved to be an intelligent consumer of the goods and services it has purchased. Kettl provides specific recommendations as to how government can become a "smart buyer," knowing what it wants and judging better what it has bought. Through detailed case studies, Kettl shows that as market imperfections increase, so do problems in governance and management. He examines the A-76 program for buying goods and services, the FTS-2000 telecommunications system, the Superfund program, the Department of Energy's production of nuclear weapons, and contracting out by state and local governments. He argues that government must be more aggressive in managing contracts if it is to build successful partnerships with outside contractors. Kettl maintains that the answer is not more government, but a smarter one, which requires strong political leadership to refocus the bureaucracy's mission and to change the bureaucratic culture.
Place Published Washington, D.C. :
PUB Date Free Form c1993.
BIB Level m
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
LCCN 92041705
OCLC Time Stamp 20010521093958
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 01407cam 2200325 a 45020