Privatization of Welfare Services: A Review of the Literature. Models of What and How to Privatize

05/01/2002

A range of models exists for thinking more rigorously about what specific services should be privatized and under what circumstances. Here we discuss three views: (1) the economist perspective, (2) the public administration and management perspective, and (3) the political science/legal perspective. Each highlights valuable but distinctly different issues that might arise with contracting out. And elements from each have made their way into the policy and scholarly debate about privatization.

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