Accountability: A Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract by Anne DaviesAccountability: A Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract by Anne Davies

Accountability: A Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract

byAnne Davies

Hardcover | September 15, 2001

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Many government bodies relate to each other through contracts: government departments and agencies; government departments and the Treasury; National Health Service (NHS) purchasers and NHS Trusts. These 'internal contracts' are not, in general, regulated or enforced by the law. This book explores the practical problems encountered by the parties to internal contracts, drawing on evidence from an empirical case study of NHS contracts. It uncovers difficulties in defining the parties' roles; in maintaining good working relationships; and in securing compliance withcontractual terms. It then examines the possibility of solving these problems through law. Some commentators, particularly public lawyers, have condemned the law's failure to keep pace with the rise of 'government by contract', but few have made specific proposals for reform. The book develops anoriginal public law analysis of internal contracts, interpreting them as mechanisms of accountability from service providers to purchasers. It proposes norms which would help the parties to use their contracts as fair and effective mechanisms of accountability. It also suggests reforms to theinstitutional framework for internal contracts.The book will be of interest not only to academics working in the fields of law and public administration, but to policy-makers concerned with the contractualisation of public services. It also has wider implications for the regulation of other types of government contract, and should stimulatedebate among public lawyers on the neglected issue of 'government by contract'.
Anne Davies is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
Title:Accountability: A Public Law Analysis of Government by ContractFormat:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Government by Contract2. Internal Government by Contract3. Controversies and Reform4. Accountability Mechanisms5. Accountability Analysis in Practice: NHS Contracts6. Fitting In: Interactions between Contracts and other Accountability Mechanisms7. Getting On: Accountability Relationships and Procedural Fairness8. Winning Out: Making the Accountability Process Effective9. Conclusions and Prospects

Editorial Reviews

`This is an interesting and well-constructed book, which justifies its place in Oxford's socio-legal studies series with an effective combination of theoretical analysis and the results of empirical research involving case studies. ...By focusing on the requirements of a public law framework,Davies makes significant progress towards making sense of external government contracts in terms of accountability.'Legal Studies 2002 22(2)