Public Private Partnerships Essay

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Abstract
The essay attempts to report the influence of private sector in the development and implementation of public policy. When governments try to associate with the private sector n order to deliver public benefits it raises several questions. The reason private sector is driven by profit it is considered to be more efficient than the public sector. But over the period of time, public private partnerships have proved not to be value delivering for the public in the end. Private sector firms and especially the big four accountancy organizations that act as financial advisors of the government tend to influence the government in their favour. This leads to the question of private interests taking over policies of the government.
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It is claimed that ideal way to engage private sector is to start Public Private Partnerships. The government claims that it is not privatization of public services but adding motivation and spirit of the private sector into public sector.
Rationale to involve private actors in the public projects mostly is to improve performance in the creation of public value. Donahue and Zeckhauser (2006) believe that this is the core rationale that applies to every kind of public private engagement whether it is collaborative or more familiar forms of contracting or voluntarism. But Brinkerhoff and Brinkerhoff (2011) in their article go further and explain that rationales for government partnerships with the private sector could be of instrumental and normative aims. From an instrumental perspective partnering with the private sector can afford government access to technical expertise that it wouldn’t have otherwise. And sometimes the normative belief that private sector is naturally more efficient and better at management leads to involvement of for-profit private sector firms in the public projects.

Government’s Support for PPP
PPP projects have been enjoying well support from the governments since 1980’s. Prime Minister Tony Blair was also very keen about what he would term as the cultural values of the private sector. He said: “We need to break decisively with the tradition of monolithic, centrally driven public services. We need to

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