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Privatization Behind Bars

Defensio Master Thesis Christian Huber
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christian huber

on 29 March 2010

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Transcript of Privatization Behind Bars

Privatization Behind Bars On The Management of Private and Public Prisons Defensio - Christian Huber Research Questions: How are decisions to privatize prisons (or not) made?
What measures are taken in order to control the (semi-)private institutions?
How are PPP systems shaped at their early stage? Motivation Previous research on the public sector
Traditional Public organizations going private
Initially risk management as focus
Case study in the only PPP prison in Germany
Political nature of decision as striking phenomenon Private Prisons 17,8 % private prisons in Australia
9 % private prisons in the UK
5 % private prisons in the USA
PPP system in France
1 operating PPP prison in Germany
3 out of 4 prisons currently under construction
in Germany are PPPs
Pro & Cons of private Prisons 2 streams of literature:

Rationalistic Arguments:
Wrong Incentives
Weak empirical evidence

Ethically motivated literature:
Reports of dreadful incidents
No systematical differentiation between public and private prisons
How to tackle the political nature of the PPP decision? PPP literature in the UK suggests:
Macro level: Macroeconomic influences
Micro level: accounting practices

I‘d like to propose:
Meso level: political actions
Shift in „theoretical imagery“
Case Study: Hünfeld Analysis of parliamentary debates between 2001 and 2005
Collection of press releases (self-representation)
Media & Interest groups
Interviews in prison and ministry of justice
Findings The Role of Politics
Construction of Problem
Ex-post PPP presented as only viable solution
The Role of Accounting Practices
Accounting as Ammunition (Burchell et al. 1980)
The Exchange Between the Private and the Public Domain
The Future of PPP in the prison sector
Limitations Not a (normative) study of what the role of the state should be

One single case – generalizability?
Thank you for your
attention
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