Privatization in Practice: Case Studies of Contracting for TANF Case Management. Defining Privatization

03/01/2003

The term "privatization" can mean several different things, from contracting out services to the sale of government assets. In this study, "privatization" refers to contracting out services to private organizations, including both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Although some states and localities, including several in this study, contract with government agencies (such as local government agencies) and quasi-governmental agencies (such as community colleges), the study focuses mainly on contracting out to private agencies.

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