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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Institute (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945999879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945999874
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Changing the Guard is first-rate analysis of a moribund industry. Real experts point toward a crucial reform." -- Morgan O. Reynolds, former Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor

"Changing the Guard is the authoritative and definitive book on prison privatization. It brilliantly examines the full range of issues." -- E.S. Savas, professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York

"If you want to understand private prisons . . . you need the information and analysis in this book." -- Adrian T. Moore, executive director, Reason Public Policy Institute

"So much written about private prisons is tendentious and ideological, in contrast to the carefully researched contributions here." -- Charles H. Logan, professor of sociology, University of Connecticut (from the foreword)

About the Author

Alexander Tabarrok is Research Director for The Independent Institute, Assistant Editor of The Independent Review, and Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Dr. Tabarrok is also the editor of the Independent Institute books, Entrepreneurial Economics and The Voluntary City. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Law and Economics, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, Kyklos and many other journals. Dr. Tabarrok is the recipient of the Snavely Award, and he has been an Earhart Foundation Fellow and George A. and Frances Ball Foundation Fellow. Charles H. Logan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut and an internationally known authority on criminology and private prisons.

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Smith on November 24, 2013
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This should be remembered as a classic piece of cherry picking, created largely to endorse the wholesale commodification of human beings.
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