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Governing Public-Private Partnerships

Governing Public-Private Partnerships

by Joshua Newman


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Governments around the world are clambering to engage the private sector in order to build infrastructure and deliver public services. However, the role of the state in managing new relationships with companies is often murky. Is the government a slow and wasteful bureaucracy that must be held at bay or is it a necessary authority? Assessing the appropriate role for governments within these partnerships and the factors that lead to their success or failure, Governing Public-Private Partnerships delves into two examples of collaborative projects in urban transportation: Vancouver’s Canada Line and the Sydney Airport Rail Link. Through personal interviews with CEOs, senior bureaucrats, and politicians, Joshua Newman compares the strategies pursued by an active and shrewd provincial government in British Columbia with the more hands-off state government in New South Wales, Australia. By supporting networks of players in the transportation game, actively seeking lessons from international experience, and innovating responses to novel policy problems, the public sector was able to lead the Canada Line partnership to operational success. In Sydney, however, the unwillingness of the state government to manage the partnership resulted in a sluggish Airport Link that, after sixteen years in operation, still has not met its original expectations. At a time of renewed interest in private involvement with public services, Governing Public-Private Partnerships provides an in-depth look into how the state can – and must – remain involved.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773549999
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joshua Newman is a lecturer in the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 3

2 Public-Private Partnerships 20

3 Governance and the Role of the State 38

4 Case Studies 59

5 Supporting and Managing Policy Networks 92

6 Making Use of Policy Learning 114

7 Innovation: Collaborative Project Management 134

8 Conclusion 150

References 159

Index 185

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