Public and private: partners in the public interest

Document type
Smith Institute
Date of publication
16 November 2007
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This collection of essays examines public-private partnerships in the context of public sector reform.  Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are now well established across all the key public service sectors.  However, the evolution of PPPs has not been entirely without problems, and some trade unions remain strongly opposed to the programme. There are also concerns among private bidders about the way PPPs are structured and designed. The challenge, as outlined in this monograph, is to take forward the next generation of PPPs so that they make a positive and lasting contribution towards the improvement of public services.  Issues including quality, procurement routes, customer choice, value for money, governance and public accountability are discussed by the contributors to this publication.

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