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A Teaching Topic in Strategy and Structure

Managing Partnerships: Multi-Party Arrangements

This topic examines the opportunities and challenges that are created when multiple parties work together to deliver public services. Specifically, it addresses the prospects for cooperation across jurisdictions. As importantly, it discusses the benefits and risks associated with public private partnerships (PPPs), which involve cooperation between public and private sector organizations in the delivery of public services.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5117)

Savoie, Donald J., Court Government and the Collapse of Accountability: in Canada and the United Kingdom (Toronto: UofT Press, 2008). Chapter 5.

Leone, Roberto and Frank Ohemeng. Approaching Public Administration: Core Debates and Emerging Issues (Toronto: Edmond-Montgomery, 2011). chapter 10 (Should governments use the private sector to deliver public services?)

Joan Price Boase, “Beyond Government?: The appeal of public-private partnerships,” Canadian Public Administration, 43 (Spring 2000), 1, 75-91.

Tony Bovaird, “Public-Private Partnerships: from contested concepts to prevalent practice,” International Review of Administrative Sciences, 70 (2004), 2, 199-215.

Ali Sedjari, “Public-Private Partnerships as a tool for modernizing public services,” International Review of Administrative Sciences, 70 (2004), 2, 291-306.

Susan Phillips and Karine Levasseur, “The Snakes and Ladders of Accountability: Contradictions between Contracting and Collaboration for Canada’s Voluntary Sector,” Canadian Public Administration, 47 (2004), 4, 451-74.

Optional Readings:

Archon Fung, “Varieties of Participation in Complex Governance,” Public Administration Review, December 2006, Special Issue, 66-76.

Patrick Dunleavy, Helen Margetts, Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler, “New Public Management is Dead-Long Live Digital-Era Governance,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,” 16, 2005, 467-494.

Laura Edgar, “Building Policy Partnerships: Making Network Governance Work,” Institute on Governance, February 2002. Available at: 

Source: Syllabus, Carleton University PADM 5117

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