Bureaucratic Theory Meets Reality: Public Choice and Service Contracting in U.S. Local Government

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Abstract

Empirical studies suggest that local service contracting leads to higher efficiency, which seems to support public choice arguments on the vices of municipal monopoly and virtues of competition. A methodological critique of the evidence shows that these conclusions are not valid. Major deficiencies of the statistical tests include the omission of relevant control variables and the absence of measures of competition. Implications for the theory and practice of public administration are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-484
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Administration Review
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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