Public-Private Partnerships in the USA
Lessons to be Learned for the United Kingdom
By Tony Wall
Routledge – 2013 – 138 pages
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.
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
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.