Social Contract for Government

By Peter Shergold

Increasingly, social and human services are paid for by governments but delivered by not-for-profit organizations. It’s time to manage the process better.

Governments need to find new vehicles to bring together the private and Not=for-Profit sectors in ways that reduce the rising costs of publicly funded human services.

One of the most important innovations in government in recent years emerged from one of the most mundane aspects of public administration: the procurement of goods and services. Changes in the standard models of public procurement have transformed Western liberal democracies in the last generation by introducing public-private partnerships that have brought governments new sources of funding and expertise. These partnerships are the cornerstone of the contract state. Read more >