Relational Contract and the Nature of Private Ordering: A Comment on Vincent-Jones

David Campbell
Head of Department of Law
Durham University, UK

This paper focuses on the enormous growth of contract in the public sector over the last twenty years as part of the development of the “new public management.” In the United Kingdom, the most penetrating assessment of the significance of this growth for the law of contract, its theory and its use, is Peter Vincent-Jones’s The New Public Contracting, the thrust of which has been the basis of Vincent-Jones’s contribution to this issue, The New Public Contracting: Public versus Private Ordering? In this paper, the author examines the welfarism of public sector contracting by means of a comment on Vincent-Jones’s excellent account of the contractualization of the public sector.

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