Policy Press

Rethinking Governance in Public Service Outsourcing

By Nina Boeger

Published

Jul 1, 2024

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529212846

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 1, 2024

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529212860

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Rethinking Governance in Public Service Outsourcing

Compelling and robust, this book provides an analysis of challenges in public service outsourcing and considers how to avoid failure in the future.

Crucially, it proposes a governance mechanism where outsourcing public services nurtures a less extractive corporate form that is oriented towards a productive purpose beyond maximising shareholder value, with implications well beyond public services. Under these proposals, fostering purpose-driven companies that are independently governed and use profit to pursue purpose can improve both public services and wider economic organisation.

Examining how barriers to implementing this idea within the existing EU and UK legal frameworks may be addressed, the book formulates actionable policy proposals.

Nina Boeger is Professor of Law at City, University of London.

1. Introduction

2. Public Service Outsourcing

3. Typical Problems in Public Service Outsourcing

4. Existing Solutions

5. Introducing Productive Ownership

6. Nurturing Productive Ownership

7. The Legal Framework

8. Conclusion