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Ihrke co-authors article for Journal of Human Service Organizations

Perceptions of Privatization in Michigan

by Brian D. Cherry, Nathan J. Grasse, and Douglas M. Ihrke
Journal of Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance
2017.

Abstract:
This paper examines the attitudes of elected local officials towards the use of privatization of public services by local governments. We examined a number of factors to see if they are significantly associated with elected official’s attitude towards privatization as a method of cost savings and service delivery. The survey examined the elected official’s perception of community support for privatization, the perception that the private sector is more efficient with regards to both cost and quality of service delivery, the perception that administrators faithfully carry out policy, the relationship to general revenue sharing dollars, and the type of city.

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