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The New Public Contracting: Regulation, Responsiveness, Relationality

Peter Vincent-Jones


This book charts the significant increase in Britain over the last 25 years in the deployment of contract as a regulatory mechanism across a broad spectrum of social relationships. Since Labour came to power in 1997 the trend has accelerated, the use of contract spreading beyond the sphere of economics into public administration and social policy. ‘New public contracting’ is the term given to this distinctive mode of governance, characterised by the delegation of contractual powers and responsibilities to public agencies in regulatory frameworks preserving central government controls and power ... More

Keywords: contract, Labour, public administration, social policy, new public contracting, governance, delegation, public agencies, regulatory frameworks, intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Vincent-Jones, author
Professor of Law at the University of Leeds