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Public Provision and Performance: Contributions from Efficiency and Productivity Measurement

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02 May 2000
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
432 pages - 156 x 234 x 22mm


Governments are searching for possibilities to improve efficiency and reduce cost of the public sector services. Privatising, deregulation, changing property rights have become popular policy items in recent politics. Although there has been much progress in methodological issues and the availability of reliable data, there is still a huge gap between efficiency research and policy implementation of the results. The aim of this book is to bridge this gap. The book provides a summary of recent research, an overview of methods, an insight of factors affecting efficiency, an evaluation of the findings and possible policy recommendations. This aim is addressed by various case studies. The book is divided into six parts. Besides the general introductory and concluding chapters (part I and part VI), each chapter refers to a specific segment of the public sector. Part II addresses the performance of health care facilities. Part III analyses the performance of educational service providers. Part IV contains studies of the performance of law enforcement agencies and part V provides analysis of the performance of regional service providers. These specific sectors account for the bulk of previous studies of efficiency and productivity in the public sector. By further including extensive literature overviews in each chapter, the volume creates a comprehensive picture of the state of the art of current research in this field. "Public Provision and Performance" is a valuable tool to those working in central and local government, providers of public services and students in economics and public administration.
Preface. Acknowledgments. Abstract of the Book. Part One: Introductory and Methodological Issues. Performance assessment in the public sector (J.L.T. Blank, C.A. Knox Lovell). Measuring efficiency in the public sector (C.A. Knox Lovell). Part Two: Health Services. Comparing techniques for measuring the efficiency of Australian private hospitals (R. Webster, S.Kennedy and L. Johnson). Between bed and budget. The efficiency of Dutch hospitals (J.L.T. Blank, E. Eggink and A.H.Q.M. Merkies). Remedying excess capacities in French surgery units by industry reallocations: the scope for short and long term improvements in plant capacity utilization (B. Dervaux, K. Kerstens and H. Leleu). Efficiency of Dutch nursing homes: the sensitivity of DEA-scores to different sets of resource prices (E. Eggink, J.L.T. Blank). Part Three: Educational Services. Input regulations and allocative efficiency in US public schools (S. Grosskopf et al.). Economics of scale and school consolidation in Dutch primary school industry (A.H.Q.M. Merkies). Part Four: Law Enforcement. Cost efficiency in Florida prisons (K. Gyimah-Brempong). The revenue approach to Dutch police departments (E.P. van Tulder). Efficiency of local police districts: a New South Wales experience (A. Hughes, S. Yaisawamg). Part Five: Regional Services. What is known about municipal efficiency? The Belgian case and beyond (B. De Borger, K. Kerstens). Efficiencies in Unites States metropolitan areas (H.O. Fried, J.D. Klein). Part Six: Concluding Remarks. Efficiency research in the public sector: some final considerations (J.L.T. Blank). Name index. Subject index. Biographies. Correspondence.

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