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Accountability: A Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract

Anne Davies


Many government bodies relate to each other through contracts: government departments and agencies; government departments and the Treasury; National Health Service (NHS) purchasers and NHS Trusts. These ‘internal contracts’ are not, in general, regulated or enforced by the law. This book explores the practical problems encountered by the parties to internal contracts, drawing on evidence from an empirical case study of NHS contracts. It uncovers difficulties in defining the parties' roles; in maintaining good working relationships; and in securing compliance with contractual terms. It then ex ... More

Keywords: government bodies, internal contracts, Treasury, National Health Service, good working relationships, compliance, contractual terms, public lawyers, government by contract, reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198299486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Davies, author
Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford