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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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Economic Contracts

Economic Contracts

(p.167) 7 Economic Contracts
The New Public Contracting

Peter Vincent-Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the regimes of economic contracts governing competition for public services generally, and the quasi-market organisation of particular public service sectors. It focuses on three main relationships in these contracting regimes: purchaser-provider; state-purchaser; and state-provider. The principal concern is with the effectiveness component of responsiveness, and in particular with efficiency. Particular attention is paid to the manner in which the contractual purchaser-provider relationship is conditioned by the hierarchical regulatory relationship between central government and the public purchasing or commissioning agency.

Keywords:   economic contracts, public services, central government, purchaser-provider, state-purchaser, state-provider

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