Public Private Partnerships
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Public Private Partnerships

Governing Common Interests

Sara Valaguzza and Eduardo Parisi

This insightful book critically examines the phenomenon of public private partnerships through a global, theoretical, lens. It considers the reasons for merging private entities and public administration, as well as the processes and consequences of doing so. The benefits for the community as well as the radical changes in the principles and modalities of administrative activity are theorized and discussed.
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Chapter 7: Conclusion

Sara Valaguzza and Eduardo Parisi


In the concluding chapter, the consequences of the reconstruction of the juridical essence of public private partnership are drawn. The analysis carried out affirms that through public private partnership the government changes its face. The public administration changes in shape, procedure and content. Public private partnership is, at the same time, cause and consequence of a transformation that has its roots in the reasoning of the 1990s on the management of commons. In a condition of scarce capacity of public administration to timely and efficiently respond to the needs of the community, and before a flourishing and promising business activity, the loss of accountability of public operators inevitably creates a torsion towards private action. The mentioned torsion is here explained with reference to the principles of administrative action, the modalities of administrative action, the expected results from governmental activity and the public administration’s liabilities. These mutations are described not only in the dimension of public private partnership, but as consequences of a transformation that, from public private partnership, expands to all dimensions of administrative action. The consequence is the identification of a new integrity in public administration, which is measured in its capacity to interpret and answer the needs of the community.

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