Cities and Privatization: Prospects for the New Century (Real Politics in America)

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For undergraduate/graduate level courses in Bureaucracy, Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Studies, State and Local Government, and American Government.

This concise, readable text focuses on privatization at the municipal level, blending theory with practical matters, and containing real-life examples of privatization. It presents the practical arguments and theoretical frameworks for and against using privatization, summarizes the evidence on efficiency between public and private organizations performing similar tasks, and includes numerous examples of privatization taken from the real-world of city management.

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"Urban governments in the United States contract out services more than do governments in any other country. This book fills a significant vacuum by reviewing and evaluating an impressive amount of empirical data on the topic. It is an excellent volume for students of urban studies and practitioners of urban affairs, combining, as it does, thoughtfulness and insight." — Nicholas L. Henry, Georgia Southern University

"This book is easy to read and user-friendly, while at the same time rigorously researched. Greene treats the 'politics of privatization' in an intelligent and even-handed manner, giving credit to both sides of the argument while forming his own conclusions based on the evidence." — Michael E. Milakovich, University of Miami

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