The Courts and the Privatization of Civil Service

Date: 9 Apr 2012 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

State Supreme Courts have ruled in different ways regarding the privatization of public functions.  In several cases, the Courts concluded that the civil service was created for a compelling public purpose that includes fairness and the protection of public employees from the old “spoils system”.  These purposes, the Courts concluded, may take into account but goes beyond questions of efficiency and monetary savings.


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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.