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Partnership Governance in Public Management

A Public Solutions Handbook, 1st Edition

By Seth A. Grossman, Marc Holzer


244 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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The ability to create and sustain partnerships is a skill and a strategic capacity that utilizes the strengths and offsets the weaknesses of each actor. Partnerships between the public and private sectors allow each to enjoy the benefits of the other: the public sector benefits from increased entrepreneurship and the private sector utilizes public authority and processes to achieve economic and community revitalization. Partnership Governance in Public Management describes what partnership is in the public sector, as well as how it is managed, measured, and evaluated. Both a theoretical and practical text, this book is a what, why, and how examination of a key function of public management.

Examining governing capacity, community building, downtown revitalization, and partnership governance through the lens of formalized public-private partnerships – specifically, how these partnerships are understood and sustained in our society – this book is essential reading for students and practitioners with an interest in partnership governance and public administration and management more broadly. Chapters explore partnering technologies as a way to bridge sectors, to produce results and a new sense of public purpose, and to form a stable foundation for governance to flourish.


'This is a timely book that presents fresh insights into the endlessly vexatious problem of partnership governance. By synthesizing cutting-edge theory with empirical perspectives from Business Improvement Districts, Grossman and Holzer have crafted a work that will surely benefit policy makers, public managers and academics alike.' - Michael Macaulay, Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Table of Contents

1. Origins of Partnership Governance 2. Trust in Partnership Development 3. Partnership Governance: The role of public entrepreneurship and social capital 4. Business improvement districts: Formal public-private partnerships 5. Performance Measures in Partnership Governance: Lessons from public-private partnership - business improvement districts Appendix 1: Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Implementing a Special District Appendix 2: Case Study of the Flemington Business Improvement District Planning Process Appendix 3: A Universal Public Private-Partnerships/ Managed Business District Survey

About the Authors

Seth A. Grossman is the Executive Director of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) in Newark, New Jersey, and President of Cooperative Professional Services, a consultancy that provides research, planning, and management services to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). He designed and directs the Rutgers University National Center of Public Performance Online Business Improvement District Management Certification Program.

Marc Holzer is Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and Board of Governors Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and of the World Academy of Productivity Science. Since 1975 he has directed the National Center for Public Performance, and he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journals Public Performance and Management Review and Public Voices.

About the Series

The Public Solutions Handbook Series

The Public Solutions Handbook series is designed to help public sector practitioners build the necessary competencies needed to respond to emerging issues, deliver services that policymakers have promised to the public, carry out their missions efficiently and effectively, and work in partnership with their stakeholders. The series is also geared towards students in graduate-degree programs who are seeking succinct, pragmatic, grounded guidance that will help them succeed in their public administration careers. This includes students in master of public administration (MPA), master of public policy (MPP), master of nonprofit management (MNPM) and even some master of business administration (MBA) and doctor of law (LLD) programs.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration