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The New Public ContractingRegulation, Responsiveness, Relationality$
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Peter Vincent-Jones

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291274.001.0001

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Conclusions and Policy Implications

Conclusions and Policy Implications

(p.347) 12 Conclusions and Policy Implications
The New Public Contracting

Peter Vincent-Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarises the main arguments and conclusions concerning the failures of responsiveness in the New Public Contracting, and makes a number of policy recommendations for the reform of particular contracting regimes and legal procedures aimed at improving the quality of decision making on a wide range of public service issues. It suggests that the responsiveness of public contractual governance is dependent on eight core conditions. Four such conditions are concerned mainly with the appropriate support in governance relationships of the contract norms, and four with further institutional and organisational dimensions of responsiveness in the design and implementation of contracting regimes. Finally, the chapter contrast New Labour's social contract rhetoric with the reality of the New Public Contracting, and indicates the basic elements of an alternative vision of such a contract based on the commitment to social inclusion and democratic principles governing decision making on public services.

Keywords:   responsiveness, New Public Contracting, contracting regimes, contractual governance, contract norms, New Labour, social contract

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