Public-Private Partnerships: Background Papers for the U.S.-U.K. Conference on Military Installation Assets, Operations, and Services

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U.K. Overview

This chapter discusses the recent history of outsourcing and privatization in the provision of military support services in the United Kingdom, with an emphasis on top-down government initiatives that have provided the impetus for change. After a brief introduction, we describe three types of reforms delivered by the initiatives. Next we outline each of the initiatives in some detail. We examine some of the collective effects of the initiatives and, finally, we derive a set of general “lessons learned” from U.K. experience with outsourcing and privatization.


INTRODUCTION

Over the past 20 years, the U.K. MoD has successfully incorporated competitive contracting and market forces into the provision of defense support services. In 1980, the government was the provider of most military support services. Today, a wide range of services—including logistics, real estate management, housing, procurement, and other functions—are performed by unified, cross-service agencies making substantial use of private suppliers and competitive mechanisms. The evolution to this market-based system was driven by reform initiatives undertaken by the governments of three Prime Ministers: Margaret Thatcher (Conservative Party, 1979–1990), John Major (Conservative Party, 1990–1997), and Tony Blair (Labour Party, 1997–present).3

Shortly after her election as Prime Minister in 1979, Thatcher conceived the Market Testing initiative, the first of the reforms discussed in this chapter. The motivation for involving the private sector and incorporating market mechanisms into public-sector activities was derived from a long history of public dissatisfaction with the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of publicsector service provision. Thatcher's ideology reflected a widespread perception that private-sector organizations might be better placed than the public sector to accept and manage some kinds of risk, to respond quickly and efficiently to changes, to develop innovative solutions, and to offer the best value for money. These perceived private-sector advantages were based on confidence in the mediating role of markets and modern business practices with regard to contracting, accounting, workforce management, and business administration. At the same time, the Thatcher ideology recognized that involvement of private

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U.K. government initiatives are less likely to be modified or impeded by Parliament than U.S. presidential initiatives are by Congress. In contrast to the U.S. political system, the U.K. parliamentary political system does not have a separation between the legislative and executive branches. The Prime Minister is the leader of the party that holds the majority of seats in the House of Commons, and the government is typically able to implement its intended policies because members of parliament (MPs) normally vote along party lines. Individual MPs show greater party loyalty than U.S. representatives and senators because they are strictly limited in individual campaign spending and the political parties control the candidate selection process.

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures ix
  • Tables xi
  • Summary xiii
  • Abbreviations xxiii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - U.K. Overview 3
  • 3 - Housing 33
  • 4 - Base Operations 51
  • 5 - Logistics 75
  • 6 - Comparisons and Conclusions 103
  • Appendix A - Conference Participants 107
  • Appendix B - Short Definitions of Key U.K. Initiatives and Terms 111
  • Appendix C - Mod Pfi Contracts 115
  • Appendix D - Case Studies of Two Pfi Contracts 117
  • Appendix E - Mod Executive Agencies 121
  • Appendix F - Privatization of Mod Married Quarters Housing 123
  • Appendix G - Mod Initiatives in Construction and Property Management 129
  • Appendix H - Privatization of the Royal Dockyards 133
  • Bibliography 139
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