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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.

Recommended Readings

Lienert, Ian. 2009. "Where Does the Public Sector End and the Private Sector Begin?" IMF Working Paper.

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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