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Delegation of Governmental Power to Private Parties: A Comparative Perspective

Catherine M. Donnelly


Through a comparative analysis of England, the European Union, and the United States, this book considers legal responses to delegation of governmental power to private parties. Although private delegation can enhance the effectiveness of governance, it can also create risks to democracy, accountability, and human rights. Thus, any legal controls on delegation must provide a balance between these competing interests. The legal responses of the three jurisdictions to private delegation are categorised in a two-fold and functional way: responses which impose controls on the delegator of governme ... More

Keywords: private governance, public-private partnerships, government contracts, human rights, comparative law, contracting out

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine M. Donnelly, author
Lecturer in Law at Trinity College, Dublin, a Barrister, and an Attorney at Law