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Understanding the Course of Social RealityNon-market Productive Activities and Other Aspects of the Dunatopian Social System

Understanding the Course of Social Reality: Non-market Productive Activities and Other Aspects of... [Public goods and services do not generate a market demand and a price system. For this reason, control of efficiency and responsibility in their production and distribution is subject to a number of difficulties. However, this handicap can be partly surmounted in a variety of ways, such as, for instance, cost-benefit analyses of infrastructures. In the case of semi-public services, such as health and educational services, which are characterized by individual demand but, also, by the myopia of utilizers, public preferences provide a weak help in determining the degree of efficiency and responsibility; this difficulty is, however, lower in educational and welfare services, wherein consumers’ ability to judge is higher than in other fields. In short, different criteria for the control of efficiency and responsibility must be defined in the various fields of public administration. We dedicate attention to possible solutions.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Understanding the Course of Social RealityNon-market Productive Activities and Other Aspects of the Dunatopian Social System

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2016
ISBN
978-3-319-43070-6
Pages
85 –89
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-43071-3_9
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Public goods and services do not generate a market demand and a price system. For this reason, control of efficiency and responsibility in their production and distribution is subject to a number of difficulties. However, this handicap can be partly surmounted in a variety of ways, such as, for instance, cost-benefit analyses of infrastructures. In the case of semi-public services, such as health and educational services, which are characterized by individual demand but, also, by the myopia of utilizers, public preferences provide a weak help in determining the degree of efficiency and responsibility; this difficulty is, however, lower in educational and welfare services, wherein consumers’ ability to judge is higher than in other fields. In short, different criteria for the control of efficiency and responsibility must be defined in the various fields of public administration. We dedicate attention to possible solutions.]

Published: Aug 28, 2016

Keywords: On public goods and services; Semi-public services; Efficiency in public administration; Waste and inefficiencies; Responsibility

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