Privatization

The Provision of Public Services by the Private Sector

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About the Book

The 31 articles in this book discuss the pros and cons of privatization of public services. Examined are the need for alternative service delivery; the process of privatization; concrete examples of privatizing services generic to local governments; precautions; and the future of privatization.

About the Author(s)

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. He has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven, and the University of Connecticut. He is a distinguished adjunct professor in the Executive MPA Program at Golden Gate University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Roger L. Kemp
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 336
Bibliographic Info: tables, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [1991]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3250-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment      iv

Foreword      vii

1. Introduction      1

Part One: The Need

2. Dividing the Pie Between Public and Private      25

3. Privatization and America’s Cities      29

4. Service Shedding—A New Option      39

5. Public Services and the Private Sector      53

6. Privatization May Be Good for Your Government      60

7. Status of Local Privatization      69

Part Two: The Process

8. Contracting as an Approach to Public Management      87

9. A Means to Achieve “More with Less”      97

10. Making the Decision      110

11. Contracting for Services      122

12. The Politics of Advocacy      132

13. Coproduction and Local Governments      143

Part Three: The Application

14. Fire Protection      151

15. Information Resources;      161

16. Public Parks      168

17. Prisons and Jails      174

18. Public Works      184

19. Refuse Collection      193

20. Street Sweeping      204

21. Transit      211

22. Wastewater Treatment      223

Part Four: The Precautions

23. Uses and Misuses      233

24. Two Different Concepts      250

25. Problems      262

26. The Unions      267

27. A Cautionary Note      272

28. A Survey of Management Practices      276

Part Five: The Future

29. Considerations for the Future      291

30. The Business of Local Government      297

31. The Choice Between Privatization and Publicazation      305

32. The Private Market Can’t Always Solve Public Problems      311

Chapter Notes      315

About the Contributors      321

Index      341

Book Reviews & Awards

“excellent”—Choice; “guidelines, examples, and precautions are outlined”—American Libraries.