This is a case study about privatization efforts in Missouri. The goal of this paper is to document the wide variety of ways in which counties, cities, and towns can engage the private sector to effectively provide many public services. Furthermore, the intention is to discuss the many public service areas where privatization is appropriate and potentially beneficial, along with the areas it is not. The aim was not to catalog every single privatization effort at the city, county, and state level in Missouri. The plan has been to document a number of examples throughout the state in a range of public and private responsibilities. It is our aspiration to provide city officials, administrators, and interested citizens with examples of where, how, and why privatization can be expanded in their communities.

Read the full case study: 

Peruse the 2004 Missouri legislature's Subcommittee on Competition and Privatization report as well as several examples of contracts and proposal requests between local governments and private sector partners.

Watch David's interview with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles (full version below, click for two-minute teaser):



About the Author

David Stokes
David Stokes was a policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute from 2007 to 2014 and was director of development from 2014 to 2016.