Competitive Contracting was written by Center for Local Governance Director James Quintero and Oliver Porter, a leading proponent of public/private partnerships for local government.

An analysis of the current operations of League City reveals that competitive contracting could provide core services at significantly lower costs, while maintaining or improving their quality. While current operations for the city—as indicated by an analysis of expenditures in budget years 2011 to 2014—are generally well-managed compared to other similar-sized governments, the costs greatly exceed those possible under the competitive contracting model.