Public-Private Partnerships in the USA: Lessons to be Learned for the United Kingdom, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Public-Private Partnerships in the USA

Lessons to be Learned for the United Kingdom, 1st Edition

By Tony Wall


138 pages

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Broadly, a Public-Private Partnership (or PPP) is any collaboration between the public and private sector, but research in the UK has tended to focus on those that have been used for major infrastructure projects, such as roads, schools, and hospitals. This book compares and contrasts PPP research in the UK with that of cases in the USA, including interviews with some of the key stakeholders (decision makers in the public sector, contractors, and users) of PPPs in North America, and observations of PPPs in action (such as schools and roads).

No prior major studies have compared the UK and USA when it comes to the development and operation of PPPs, and this book fills a gap in the literature, addressing a number of key questions, including: Is the private sector viewed with less suspicion in the USA when it comes to projects that would normally fall under the aegis of the public sector? How do politics affect PPPs? How do key players in the PPP process define project success, determine the merits and drawbacks of the initiative, and deal with controversial elements of the scheme such as value for money and risk transfer? The result is a volume that offers practical advice for the future development of PPPs in the UK.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Background to Public-Private Partnerships 3. Public-Private Partnerships in the USA Part 1: Introduction, Local Authorities, and Urban Regeneration 4. Public-Private Partnerships in the USA Part 2: Transportation and Infrastructure 5. Public-Private Partnerships in the USA Part 3: Health and Education 6. Public Private Partnerships in the USA Part 4: Other Sectors 7. The Views of Key Stakeholders 8. Public-Private Partnerships in Operation 9. Conclusions and Areas for Further Research

About the Author

Anthony Wall is a Senior Lecturer in Ulster Business School, University of Ulster, UK. He joined the University as a Research Assistant in 1999 following a variety of jobs in both the public and private sectors. He was appointed a Lecturer in 2000 and a Senior Lecturer in 2007. His research interests include the Private Finance Initiative/Public Private Partnerships, performance management and intellectual capital, and he has had a number of books and articles published in these and other areas. He was awarded the Fulbright Northern Ireland Public Sector Fellowship in 2010 and was based in Washington DC between September and December 2011.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Infrastructure
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Transportation
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business