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Public-Private Partnerships For Local Economic Development

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Public-private partnerships are becoming increasingly important in the local economic development efforts of many cities. This collection of essays compares U.S. cities with those in western Europe. Conceptual issues are discussed, and comparisons at the city level illustrate the process, pitfalls, and results of such partnerships. Readers will be able to understand the types of partnership arrangements used in each country. Factors contributing to the success of these arrangements are discussed and compared. Scholars and students of local economic development and public finance, as well as public officials and economic development practitioners will benefit from the unique comparative framework used in this volume.

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Eleven papers focusing on public-private partnerships formed for local economic development in Europe and the United States. The chapters are intended to accomplish these three purposes: describe the changing role of government responsibility in these partnerships from both conceptual and empirical perspectives; identify major elements of partnerships and determine the strategies of public agencies use to manage their components of partnership agreements; and bring to light the various roles these partnerships play through cross-country comparison. Some of the topics treated include the diffusion of information technology in Sweden, economic development in the rural France, and urban revitalization strategies in German cities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275961534
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMAN WALZER is Professor of Economics and Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

BRIAN D. JACOBS is Reader in Public Policy at Staffordshire University, England.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction and Overview 1
2 Economic Development Roles in American Cities: A Contextual Analysis of Shifting Partnership Arrangements 19
3 Public-Private Partnerships in U.S. Cities 47
4 Bureaupolitics and Public/Private Partnerships in Economic Development in the British West Midlands 69
5 Measuring the Success of Partnership Endeavors 97
6 Information Technology, Local Government, and the State: The Diffusion of New Technologies in Sweden 121
7 Partnerships in Two European Cities 139
8 Regenerating South Yorkshire: How the Public Sector Dominates Business Partnerships in Britain 157
9 Urban Revitalization Strategies and Public-Private Partnerships in German Cities 177
10 Partnerships as Models of Economic Governance: A Regulationist Perspective 205
11 The Politics of Economic Development in a French Rural Area 227
Index 243
About the Editors and Contributors 249
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