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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Privatisation, public purpose and private service

The twentieth century culture of contracting out and the evolving law of diffused sovereignty

The 1992 book Reinventing Government, the template for the identically named Clinton-Gore initiative, identified 36 alternatives to “standard delivery service”. Surprisingly, the authors wrote, the federal government already relies on many of these alternatives. Similarly, the basic tools identified by the Reagan Commission on Privatisation – vouchers, sale of government assets, and contracting – were not new...

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