Privatization of Welfare Services: A Review of the Literature. The Decision to Privatize

05/01/2002

Why do some state and local agencies decide to privatize services while others do not, and how do they decide which services to privatize? This chapter reviews the literature on the factors that contribute to decisions to privatize functions traditionally performed by governments and the factors that help determine which functions are selected for privatization. The first section explores rationales for privatization broadly, and the second section examines models for thinking about what functions to privatize and how to do it.

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