The object of this paper is to consider various aspects of regulation and financial accountability. The paper firstly draws on a diverse range of evidence from the research literature, public agencies, case studies, and business and press reports as they relate to outsourcing in the advanced capitalist countries. Secondly, the paper draws out the implications for a research agenda for developing countries. The paper is divided into a number of sections, structured in a similar way. Each section firstly summarises the evidence and then draws out the research questions that follow from it. The first section outlines the policy promoters, their objectives and the potential conflict between policy promotion and regulation. The second section analyses the scale of public outsourcing in the UK. The next section reviews the facilities management industry that provides outsourcing for the public sector. The fourth section looks at research on regulation and accountability issues in the context of outsourcing and the final section draws out some of the wider implications.
Manchester, UK, CRC Working Paper, No. 17, 28 pp.