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Partnership Communities: Public-Private Partnerships and Non-Market Infrastructure Development Around the World

Monday September 13, 2021, at 12:00
Online and Face-to-face (Room 24.130, first floor. Mercè Rodoreda 24 building)*
Research seminar

Anthony Bertelli (Pennsylvania State University and IBEI)
Chair: Martijn Vlaskamp (IBEI)

We undertake the first quantitative and broadly comparative study of the structure and performance of partnership communities to our knowledge. Our study addresses several important research questions. How connected are the members of partnership communities? How can we understand the quality of the projects a community undertakes? How do political institutions shape their structure and performance? After defining partnership communities as networked communities of private firms which form the consortia that enter into long-term contractual arrangements with governments, we show how they are affected by government demand for partners. We then provide an overview of those factors predicting success in financing projects. Finally, we focus on the political economy of partnership communities. We develop and test theoretical predictions about how national institutions shape partnership communities and the quality of projects. We also investigate voters’ preferences over alternative arrangements of infrastructure delivery before drawing out implications for research and practice.

Anthony Michael Bertelli is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University, where he holds the Douglas S. and Joyce L. Sherwin Chair of Liberal Arts honouring Frank Whitmore. Anthony is also Senior Executive Editor of the Journal of Public Policy and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He studies how politics shapes public policies and how they are implemented.

*The format will be online and hybrid (the seminar will run simultaneously face to face and online to allow participants to choose the modality that best suits their needs).