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John Donahue

Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy


This module seeks to equip public leaders to structure and manage relationships with private actors so as to maximize the odds of producing public value.  It progresses from simpler to more sophisticated models of public-private interaction—from classic procurement to privatization (in the service delegation sense of that term) to public-private partnerships.  All sessions will feature case discussions (roughly half US-based and half not), generally supplemented by selected texts from economics, organizational theory, and other pertinent disciplines.  Both enthusiasts and skeptics of private involvement in public missions are welcome; the instructor has long been a bit of both.