Government accountability for outsourced services

Date

2005

Authors

Mulgan, Richard

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Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University

Abstract

The effect of outsourcing on government accountability for public services continues to be contested. Analysts point to an accountability deficit while governments insist that accountability is retained (and indeed improved). The existence of an accountability deficit is confirmed, using examples from the Commonwealth Job Network. The government claim, that accountability remains, is best interpreted as rhetorical, as a refusal to shift blame to private contractors, even though some channels of accountability may be weakened. The claim can be seen as evidence of an increasing incorporation of private contractors into the overall structure of government.

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Mulgan, R. (2005). Government accountability for outsourced services. Policy and Governance Discussion Paper 05-6. Canberra, ACT: Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University.

Source

Australian Journal of Public Administration

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Working/Technical Paper

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Open Access

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DOI

10.1111/j.1467-8500.2006.00481.x

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