Contract city redux: Weston, Florida, as the ultimate new public management model city

Jonas Prager

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    Contracting out has become an accepted and, indeed, universal method of providing services in both the private and public sectors. Yet rarely has a municipality outsourced just about every service under its direct control - from public safety (police and fire), to solid waste collection and disposal, to parks maintenance, to municipal engineering and legal services. Weston, Florida, a city of some 62,000 residents, operates with just three employees - the city manager and two assistants. Hence the primary role of city manager has changed as well, from day-to-day administrator to contract manager and monitor. This essay describes the contracting operations in Weston and evaluates their efficiency and effectiveness.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)167-180
    Number of pages14
    JournalPublic Administration Review
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Public Administration
    • Marketing

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