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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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The New Public Contracting in Regulatory Perspective

The New Public Contracting in Regulatory Perspective

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The New Public Contracting

Peter Vincent-Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates the New Public Contracting fully in a regulatory perspective. It considers a range of problems of unresponsiveness associated with legitimacy deficits in the policy process. It then explores regulatory relationships through the notion of ‘contracting regimes’. It suggests that the success of such regimes depends on an appropriate balance being struck between central direction on the one hand, and autonomy on the part of the bodies charged with performing public service functions on the other. It also argues that the effectiveness of the New Public Contracting is dependent on the quality of the contract norms governing relationships between public purchasing agencies and providers in economic contracts, between public authorities and individual citizens in social control contacts, and between government bodies in administrative contracts.

Keywords:   New Public Contracting, public service, contracting regimes, economic contracts, social control contracts, administrative contracts

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