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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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PPOL 615 - Public-Private Partnerships
Spring 2017 (Professor Steven Smith): Public-private partnerships are an increasingly common strategy to address important public problems, both domestically and internationally. This course is a comprehensive overview and examination of partnerships and their implications for public policy and nonprofit and public management. In particular, the course will examine the diverse array of partnerships in the US and abroad.  And it will examine the management challenges involved in the development and implementation of different partnership strategies. This course will provide students with a conceptual framework to understand the formation and maintenance of partnerships but will also examine and discuss the key characteristics of successful partnership strategies.  Specific cases of partnerships in the US and in other countries will be used to illustrate key concepts and issues in the class. These cases include multi-sectoral partnerships and government partnerships with nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  The cases will also be used as a basis for class discussion.   Assignments include memos on the assigned cases and a semester long project on a public-private partnership.

Fall 2016 (Professor John Buttarazzi):  Domestically and internationally, in developed and developing nations, governments at the national and sub-national levels are finding their backs up against the fiscal wall as they struggle to fund services and expand and rebuild infrastructure in a time of stagnant or declining revenue.  Where will they turn?  New taxes and more public debt are increasingly politically unpopular and/or economically not feasible.  To deliver services, to stimulate economic growth and to reduce expenses without resorting to austerity measures, governments are increasingly engaging the private sector through public-private partnerships. 

Public-private partnerships allow the public sector to benefit from commercial entrepreneurship, innovation and efficiencies obtained through the integration of private-sector investors and operators who deliver their own capital and expertise.  
The objectives of this course are to:
•	Introduce students to the concepts, methods, and applications of public-private partnerships in a variety of sectors; 
•	Provide students with an appreciation of the public policy aspects of public-private partnerships; and 
•	Equip students with the understanding and skills necessary to pursue and implement public-private partnerships as part of a public- or private-sector organization. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, Concentration, or Certificate):
      Int'l Development Policy
      Law/Public Policy
      Policy Management
      Public Policy

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