Partners, Not Rivals: Privatization and the Public Good
In a time of increasing privatization of public services, can we ensure that profit doesn't outweigh the public good?
Nowadays for-profit companies manage everything from education to criminal justice. It's a fact of life that private commercial interests are here to stay. In school, students watch Channel One, a broadcast of news features and commercials geared to a young audience, and are served fast food from Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in their cafeterias. Privately managed prisons balance profits against the costs of rehabilitating and educating inmates. For-profit hospitals treat patients but also seek to maximize returns for their shareholders. What happens when public and private interests come into conflict?
As always, renowned legal scholar Martha Minow ("a human dynamo," says Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan) sheds light on this complicated picture. She argues that these new arrangements aren't necessarily bad--market forces can be used to improve public services--but the partnership must be structured correctly. Certain public values must be preserved, including antidiscrimination and respect for individual autonomy and choice.
Praise for Between Vengeance and Forgiveness:
"Imaginative, compassionate, and compelling, Martha Minow's Between Vengeance and Forgiveness is a tour de force."
--Eric K. Yamamoto, University of Hawaii
"In an area of wrenching human and difficult intellectual dimensions, Martha Minow has written an extraordinarily perceptive, sensitive-
--Abram Chayes, author of Preventing Conflict in the Post-Communist World
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Choice or Commonality
Schooling Welfare and FaithBased Initiatives
Profits and Prophets
3 other sections not shown
accountability action activities adopted affiliated agencies allow alternative American assistance basic basis become Catholic challenge charitable choice child Clause commitments competition complex constitutional contracts Court create debate decisions direct discrimination dollars effective efforts ensure entities equality Establishment federal for-profit foster freedom funds governmental health care hospitals human ibid improve individuals initiatives institutions involvement Justice kinds legal services limited means meet ment needs nonprofit norms offer options organizations parents participation particular pluralism political poor practices Press private schools problems profit programs promote protection providers public schools public values questions receive reform reli religion religious groups religious schools remain require responsibility risk rules school choice secular seek social services society tion United University vouchers welfare York