Public and Para-Public Institutions
This topic studies para-public institutions and their relationship to institutions considered to be fully public. Para-public institutions can include public companies of an industrial and commercial character, nationalized companies, and companies with majority public shareholding (IMF). This topic examines para-public institutions as a policy tool that can, in certain cases, operate with fewer restrictions and greater cost effectiveness.
Topic Learning Outcome: Students will be able to clearly explain what a para-public institution is, be able to provide examples, and will be able to explain the potential advantages of relying on para-public institutions to deliver public services.
Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Quasi-Legislation; Public Sector Management; Government Business Enterprise; Regulation; Regulatory Agency.
Lienert, Ian. 2009. "Where Does the Public Sector End and the Private Sector Begin?" IMF Working Paper. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2009/wp09122.pdf
Dean, Tony. 2011. “Is Public Service Delivery Obsolete? Why competition between civil servants, corporations and non-profits is good for everyone.” Literary Review of Canada 19(7):6-8.
Gold, Jennifer, Matthew Mendelsohn, Josh Hjartarson, and Reuven Shlozberg. 2011. Fiscal Sustainability & the Future of Public Services: A Shifting Gears Progress Report. Toronto: Mowat Centre.
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) What is a government business enterprise? Why do governments own and operate GBEs?
2.) What are the potential risks and benefits associated with governments encouraging civil servants, corporations and non-profits to compete with one another for the opportunity to deliver public services?
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