OECD Journal on Budgeting

The OECD journal on public sector budgeting, published three times per year. It draws on the best of the recent work of the OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO), as well as special contributions from finance ministries, and makes it available to a wider community in an accessible format. The journal provides insight on leading-edge institutional arrangements, systems and instruments for the allocation and management of resources in the public sector. Now published as a part of the OECD Journal subscription package.

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Market-type Mechanisms and the Provision of Public Services

Market-type mechanisms are defined as “encompassing all arrangements where at least one significant characteristic of markets is present.” In the area of service provision, the prime instruments include outsourcing (contracting out), publicprivate partnerships (PPPs) and vouchers. This article describes each instrument, surveys its use in OECD countries, analyses the key issues involved, and offers an overall assessment.


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