Factors determining the success of contracting local public services: waste collection and waste disposal, management of cemeteries in Slovakia

  • Beata Mikusova Merickova Matej Bel University, Faculty of Economics
  • Juraj Nemec Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration
Keywords: public service, contracting, outcomes, success factors, Slovakia

Abstract

Contracting public services to private firms is one of the most common types of alternative service-delivery arrangements. The relevant literature suggests that if, and only if the contracting is properly implemented, then it may, but need not to deliver positive outcomes. The study examines the experience with contracting among Slovak municipalities. Despite some methodological problems, the data suggests that externalization of production generally does not deliver improved efficiency and quality. The core purpose for failures and the possible policy responses are also offered.

Author Biographies

Beata Mikusova Merickova, Matej Bel University, Faculty of Economics
Department of Public Economics and Regional Development, Assistant Professor
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration
Professor of public administration and public management
Published
2013-07-01
Section
Conference Paper