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Many governments across the world have responded to the need for greater efficiency in the delivery of government services by the reorganization of these bureaucracies along the lines of for-profit business corporations. In doing so, governments have relied on the capacity for governance practices to overcome the weaker incentives created by the attenuated 'property rights' that are created in public enterprise.
This study of the corporate governance of these corporations examines the history of government corporations, the problems associated with mating the corporation to a public use, the possibilities for rent-seeking associated with government corporations, a new body of empirical evidence on governance practices and some of the potential areas for reform in government corporations. It will attract a broad academic audience and will also be of value and interest to a wide range of professional constituencies. It is the only book of its kind to evaluate the corporate governance issues in government corporations.