New Public Management: Government Contracting Out and Citizens‘ Rights


  • Eva Marín Hlynsdóttir



Contracting out, new public management, citizens’ rights, public accountability.


The main aim of this paper is to explore the rights of citizens when government programs have been contracted out. The research is rooted in theories of both public administration and administrative law. The ideology behind contracting out relies on the idea that it’s possible to privatisize government programs without affecting citizen’s rights. From the perspective of administrative law, privatization leads to loss of public accountability and legal protection of citizens from arbitrary government actions. Results indicate that there is a certain lack of legal and contractual clarity within the contractual method.

Author Biography

Eva Marín Hlynsdóttir

Ph.D student in Political Science at the University of Iceland.



How to Cite

Hlynsdóttir, E. M. (2012). New Public Management: Government Contracting Out and Citizens‘ Rights. Icelandic Review of Politics & Administration, 8(1), 133–152.



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