Contract Management Capacity

  • Shimaa ElkomyEmail author
Living reference work entry



Contracting out

A mode of privatization where governments seek to delegate a private entity to manage some public services and operations while retaining ownership and overall control.

Contract management capacity

This includes all activities by public administration that involves dealing with a private provider to outsource a service that was initially performed by in-house public team such as bidding, designing a contract, measuring performance, consultations, and collaborative management.


This refers to the possibility of replacing a private provider with another supplier in case of increase costs or significant quality deterioration in service delivery, hence the cost of entry and exit of a provider from a contract reduces the contestability of the service.

Contract Management Capacity: The Case of the UK Public Services

Competitive tendering and contracting (CTC) is a mode of supplying services through a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Fellow, School of Economics, Surrey Business SchoolUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK