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The efficiency and effectiveness of municipally owned corporations: a systematic review

The efficiency and effectiveness of municipally owned corporations: a systematic review Municipally owned corporations (MOCs) are increasingly utilised to provide local public services, but little remains known about their efficiency and effectiveness. In this article, we offer a typology of MOCs, explore the variables that affect their behaviour, and perform a systematic review of public administration articles published between 2001 and 2015 on their efficiency and effectiveness. We find that MOCs are often more efficient than local bureaucracies in the provision of services such as refuse collection, water distribution, and transit services, although they also have high initial failure rates. We conclude that municipally owned corporations are a viable means for delivering some local public services for localities capable of initiating and managing complex contracts. In light of the scarcity of literature on this topic, our conclusions remain tentative, and we encourage additional research into this growing phenomenon. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Local Government Studies Taylor & Francis

The efficiency and effectiveness of municipally owned corporations: a systematic review

The efficiency and effectiveness of municipally owned corporations: a systematic review

Local Government Studies , Volume 43 (5): 22 – Sep 3, 2017

Abstract

Municipally owned corporations (MOCs) are increasingly utilised to provide local public services, but little remains known about their efficiency and effectiveness. In this article, we offer a typology of MOCs, explore the variables that affect their behaviour, and perform a systematic review of public administration articles published between 2001 and 2015 on their efficiency and effectiveness. We find that MOCs are often more efficient than local bureaucracies in the provision of services such as refuse collection, water distribution, and transit services, although they also have high initial failure rates. We conclude that municipally owned corporations are a viable means for delivering some local public services for localities capable of initiating and managing complex contracts. In light of the scarcity of literature on this topic, our conclusions remain tentative, and we encourage additional research into this growing phenomenon.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1743-9388
eISSN
0300-3930
DOI
10.1080/03003930.2017.1319360
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Abstract

Municipally owned corporations (MOCs) are increasingly utilised to provide local public services, but little remains known about their efficiency and effectiveness. In this article, we offer a typology of MOCs, explore the variables that affect their behaviour, and perform a systematic review of public administration articles published between 2001 and 2015 on their efficiency and effectiveness. We find that MOCs are often more efficient than local bureaucracies in the provision of services such as refuse collection, water distribution, and transit services, although they also have high initial failure rates. We conclude that municipally owned corporations are a viable means for delivering some local public services for localities capable of initiating and managing complex contracts. In light of the scarcity of literature on this topic, our conclusions remain tentative, and we encourage additional research into this growing phenomenon.

Journal

Local Government StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 3, 2017

Keywords: Local corporations; mixed enterprises; municipal companies; systematic review

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