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Social Service, Private Gain: The Political Economy of Social Impact Bonds
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Social Service, Private Gain: The Political Economy of Social Impact Bonds (Hardback)

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The 2008 financial crisis and its subsequent economic impacts generated a challenge for national and regional governments across the world. From this economic ruin, the Social Impact Bond (SIB) was born as an alternative mechanism for government procurement and delivery of social public services.

Social Service, Private Gain examines the evolution of SIBs, how they work, what their theoretical motivation is, and their proliferation globally in their short period of existence. The main intervention of the book is to critically assess the potential of SIBs to constructively contribute to solving the multi-faceted social challenges emerging from a context of entrenched and growing inequality. Claiming to bring incremental resources to the rescue, SIBs have taken up disproportionate space with new legislation, policy, subsidies, institutional supports, lobbyists, and "intermediaries" facilitating SIBs and thriving on their associated transactions costs. Drawing on mainstream and unconventional economic theory, practical case studies, and empirical data, Jesse Hajer and John Loxley generate new insights based on the limited but still suggestive publicly available data on SIBs projects. Challenging the assumptions and narratives put forward by proponents of the model, they offer practical policy recommendations for SIBs along with what the model tells us about the potential for transformational change for the better.

BusinessEconomicsPolitical economyBusinessFinance & accountingAccountingFinancial reporting, financial statementsBusinessFinance & accountingFinanceBanking & finance: study & revision guidesBusinessFinance & accountingFinanceCredit & credit institutionsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policies Publisher: University of Toronto Press Publication Date: 15/05/2021 ISBN-13: 9781487503284  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jesse Hajer is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba. John Loxley was a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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