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Laura Dickinson

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Public Participation/Private Contract

This article explores the relationship between foreign affairs privatization and public participation. It surveys the administrative law and political science literature and identify the ways that foreign affairs outsourcing may seem, at least at first glance, to thwart various types of public participation. It then considers potential responses, including possible governmental initiatives to increase transparency and ways we might use the private law instruments of contract and trust to create more opportunities for public participation.

foreign affairs privatization, government contracts, outsourcing, accountability, transparency, World Bank’s International Finance Corporation

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 34, Nos. 3-4 (2007): 148-172