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?