Cheng Paper Explores Privatization of Public Service Delivery
July 15, 2023

Yuan (Daniel) Cheng co-authored the paper "Exploring the Relationship Between Privatization in Public Service Delivery and Coproduction: Evidence from U.S. Local Governments," published in the latest issue of American Review of Public Administration. 

Privatization has become a popular approach for delivering public services in recent years. However, few studies empirically assess the relationship between privatization of public service delivery and citizen participation in coproduction. 

Taking advantage of a national survey of local government chief administrators in the United States, this study aims to contribute to the literature by exploring the link between these two important mechanisms of public service provision. Our findings indicate that local governments are more likely to involve citizens in coproduction when a larger proportion of service delivery is privatized.