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Public-Private Partnerships - In Brief

Published June 1, 2009  | June 2009 issue

PPPerfect for infrastructure?

  • In the midst of a backlog of public infrastructure needs, there is growing support and activity for “public-private partnerships,” or PPPs, which give private firms de facto ownership of assets.

  • Though not inherently a better model for infrastructure than traditional government procurement, PPPs offer a new source of capital and a way around the political tussle for funding that has created much of the backlog problem.

  • PPPs involve pros (addressing needs faster) and cons (higher user costs), along with a certain leap of faith. The most innovative approaches come with considerable risk and are not yet time-tested, particularly in the United States.

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