Public-Private partnerships are an increasing aspect of the delivery of public policies and services across the world. This book is the first to draw upon a range of disciplines to offer theoretical perspectives upon their analysis as well as a range of case-studies of their management from around the world. It also offers a number of frameworks for the evaluation of their management. This book will be of interest to students of public policy and public management, whether at the undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Introduction: Understanding Public-Private Partnerships in International Perspective: Globally Convergent or Nationally Divergent Phenomena? Part 1: Understanding Public-Private Partnerships 1. The Theory of Partnerships: Why Have Partnership? 2. Public-Private Partnerships: Sectoral Comparisons 3. Public-Private Partnerships: Rethinking the Boundary between Public and Private Law 4. Understanding the Process of Public-Private Partnerships 5. Governing public-Private Partnerships: Analysing and Managing Processes and Institutional Characteristics of Public-Private Partnerships Part 2: Understanding and Contrasting Public Contexts for Public-Private Partnerships 6. Public-Private Partnerships in the United States: Historical Patterns and Current Trends 7. Public-Private Partnerships and the 'New Labour' Government in Britain 8. The East Asia Region: Do Public-Private Partnerships Make Sense? 9. The Decline of the Leviathan: State, Market and Civil Society in South-East Asia Part 3: Public-Private Partnerships in International Perspective: Practice and Management 10. Public-Private Partnerships in the European Union: Officially Suspect, in Daily Practice Embraced 11. Transforming the State into a Partner in Cooperative Development: An Evaluation of NGO - Government Partnership in the Philippines 12. The Propensity, Persistence and Performance of Public-Private Partnerships in Sweden 13. Partnerships in Pittsburgh: the evaluation of complex local initiatives 14. Rural Action for the Environment in the UK: developing partnerships and promoting learning through networks 15. Building 'active' partnerships in aid-recipient countries: lessons from a rural development project in Bangladesh 16. Partnership between local government and the local community in the area of social policy: an Hungarian experience Part 4: Evaluating Public-Private Partnerships 17. Evaluating the impact of public - private partnerships: a Canadian perspective 18. What makes partnerships work? 19. NGO partners: the characteristics of effective development partnerships. Conclusions. A one-way street or two-way traffic? Can public-private partnerships impact upon the policy-making process?