Procurement and Public Management: The Fear of Discretion and the Quality of Government Performance, by Steven Kelman." Washington, D.C.: The AEI Press, 1990. 221 pages. $29.25.

Buying things necessary to the pursuit of other government tasks is a pretty boring subject. It is not surprising, therefore, that the press reports largely on the discovery of $450.00 hammers in government tool chests and on the nefarious activities of the Wed-Techs of the world and their public sector allies. Media coverage thus encourages Americans to ignore government procurement or to think of it as both inefficient and corrupt.

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