To privatize or not? Addressing public values in a semiprivatized prison system

A. Reynaers, H.L. Paanakker

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Abstract

Through public–private partnerships (PPPs), the Dutch government is experimenting with private sector involvement in its prison system. Although considered a promising alternative to traditional public procurement in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, there is a paucity of empirical data on the impact of PPPs on other important public values, such as transparency or responsiveness, in the specific context of the penal sector. Studying the first Dutch detention center PPP, this article sets out to provide empirical insight into the safeguarding of public values in semiprivate governance settings and seeks to uncover the challenges and opportunities for prison (semi)privatization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Volume39
Issue number1
Early online date17 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • penal sector
  • prison privatisation
  • public–private partnerships
  • public values

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