Stanger, professor of international politics and economics at Middlebury College, comes to admirably nuanced conclusions in this important assessment of the trend of outsourcing critical tasks in the areas of foreign aid, defense, diplomacy and domestic security. Her analysis finds nothing inherently pernicious in the Bush administration's outsourcing of Iraqi security and reconstruction; contracting is a necessity given the ascendancy of the private sector as a key player in diplomacy in a globalized world. The executive branch's error has been to outsource proper oversight and contractor accountability—a laissez-faire approach she finds dangerous. Stanger is also troubled by the Pentagon's usurpation (and militarizing) of diplomatic and nation-building roles previously under the aegis of the State Department. She argues that the government must recognize that power in the 21st century flows from new sources and complacency at this stage threatens the government with enervation and possible obsolescence. These are vital, well-made and worrying points—readers will hope that the executive branch will heed the author's call to take the plunge and re-imagine government itself. (Nov.)
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"'As governments around the world contract out important tasks to private corporations, Allison Stanger has asked the key question: how do citizens reestablish effective oversight over private-public partnerships? One Nation Under Contract is a clarion call to bring the business of government under more effective public control.' Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada 'As we debate how many more troops to dispatch to Afghanistan, it might be a good time to also debate just how far we've already gone in hiring private contractors to do jobs that the State Department, Pentagon and C.I.A. once did on their own. A good place to start is with... One Nation Under Contract.' Thomas Friedman, New York Times"See all Editorial Reviews
To be honest, I couldn't finish the book. Initially it was interesting and was thinking that it was going to be more about factual anecdotes about how the government outsources... Read morePublished 11 months ago by K. S.
Started it and lost it before I could finish... Was a bit to much for myself to handle.Published 13 months ago by Eric Marchewka
great book. I recommend it to those that are military and work with logistics. the author presents a very interesting point of view.Published on June 28, 2012 by Rick
This book was a good read, gets fairly well into the subject. Only complaint I have is that now I'm pissed off about the massive waste. LOLPublished on December 20, 2011 by Frank
This book has a lot of problems:
1. Poorly written -- the author saps the life out of what could be a very interesting topic with boring prose and endless repetition of... Read more
Some of the talking points and statistics in this book are quite interesting to learn about. I feel however that the book is too textbook - Statistics and graphs and redundant... Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by BrownBooks
Very insightful and informative book. The subject is detailed and explained well, for every reader to feel the
impact that our country experiences with using businesses within... Read more
The book give us a clear picture about the enormous problems that the goverment is facing because the abnoxious influence of the special interest and the corrupt politicians that... Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Walter Astie Burgos
the product showed up as they said it would and on time. can't ask for much more.Published on October 18, 2010 by Aaron Burkhardt