Research Report Privatization of Public Social Services
A Background Paper
Demetra Smith Nightingale, Nancy M. Pindus
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This report provides a general overview of the extent of privatization of public services in the areas of social services, welfare, and employment; rationales for privatizing service delivery; and evidence of effectiveness or problems. Examples highlight specific types of privatization and actual operational experience. The report includes lists of arguments for and against privatization and draws conclusions about the effectiveness of services provided by public and private sectors.