The Responsible Contract Manager: Protecting the Public Interest in an Outsourced World (Public Management and Change)

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Contract management is a critical skill for all contemporary public managers. As more government duties are contracted out, managers must learn to coordinate and measure the performance of private contractors, and to write contract requirements and elicit bids that obtain important services and products at the best possible price and quality. They must also learn to work in teams that include both public and private sector partners.

The Responsible Contract Manager delves into the issues of how to ensure that the work done by private sector contractors serves the public interest and argues for the necessity of making these organizations act as extensions of the public sector while maintaining their private character. Government contract managers have a unique burden because they must develop practices that ensure the production advantages of networked organizations and the transparency and accountability required of the public sector.

The Responsible Contract Manager fills a major gap in public management literature by providing a clear and practical introduction to the best practices of contract management and also includes a discussion of public ethics, governance and representation theory. It is an essential guide for all public management scholars and is especially useful for students in MPA graduate programs and related fields.

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Steven Cohen is director of the Master in Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy and executive director and chief operating officer of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

William Eimicke is deputy commissioner of the Fire Department of New York City and director of the Picker Center for Executive Education at Columbia University.

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"Excellent addition to the literature on contract management, as it covers the practical issues as well as the broader questions of professional ethics, accountability, and responsible governance. It will be useful for MPA students and faculty as they explore best practices in this growing area of study. . . . The strengths of this volume are many, but I was particularly impressed at how the authors present the realities of the political environment and the conflicting pressures on contracting professionals. This material is well developed throughout the discussions of both the practical and ethical issues."―Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

"The book is remarkably devoid of ideological and normative wrangling that often polarizes audiences on the topic of government contracting . . . a must read for public management scholars and contract managers."―Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

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