August 26, 2005

The mix

At a panel discussion yesterday, I heard this phrase a couple of times: public-private partnerships. Not the first time I've heard it, of course; and the idea is often held up as the model of how policies and programmes must be implemented these days.

But of late, I've been wondering. Are "public-private partnerships" not an example of the "mix of approach and ideology" that I referred to here? And if not, in what way are they different?

2 comments:

Suvendra Nath Dutta said...

Mahalanobis anyone?

Nikhil said...

There is a difference in this. Note the wording - 'partnership'. What the state (Public) can do is to be more of an enabler so that the private entrepreneurship can flourish - in some ways get out of the way and not harass people who create work and job opportunities -
The state can create a favorable eco-system.
Sorry at present I lack the time and do not want to take up too much blogspace. Can u give me an e-mail address. I have some points but I may take up quite a bit of blogspace. I shall send you a detailed write-up later. Bye