States across Australia are increasingly using market-led proposals to build infrastructure. The emerging problems reflect the inherent risks of projects that bypass proper public planning processes.
What is each partner looking to get?
The interests of pharmaceutical companies and public health are not the same. Industry dollars can distort research agendas, while framing health challenges and solutions in ways that benefit corporations.
Hospital building work in East Sussex.
Collaboration is key to successful partnerships.
Growing vines in Kent, part of a cluster of wineries making a success out of white and sparkling wines in southern England.
Location counts when it comes to sustainable development.
Will Gwynne walks through one of the nine Melbourne estates that is being sold in the public housing ‘renewal’ program.
The problem with most public housing 'renewal' programs is that the residents have the least say in what happens to the places they call home. The evidence of housing research is also being ignored.
Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, right, looking at a map in 1955 of highways to be built with federal funds that retired Gen. Lucius Clay, left, had outlined.
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Despite all their anti-tax sentiments, Republicans from Hoover to Trump have embraced this levy on sales at the pump.
The new plan is supposed to boost the construction of new roads, bridges and other public works projects.
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The long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan fails to address some major obstacles to private investment.
The White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done.
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The $1.5 trillion plan he's proposing would do the most for ventures that don't really need the government's help and ignores some major obstacles to private investment.
Africa’s public schools have problems, but charter schools and academies can’t fix everything.
There are huge challenges in South Africa's public schools. The question is whether using public-private partnerships is the correct way to address them.
People seem to think industry-funded research belongs in the garbage.
Scientists need funding to do their work. But a new study finds turning to industry partners taints perceptions of university research, and including other kinds of partners doesn't really help.
South Africans waiting in line to register for social grants.
South Africa's social grant scandal seems to back up highly regarded views on public governance that Public Private Partnerships aren’t naturally efficient.
In the unregulated Australian rental housing market, rental leases are almost always short term.
The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.
Will South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma support the commitments to reform the economy?
There are many good things about the budget, including the promised cut to the payroll, but many of the key commitments relating to how policies will support growth are, at best, pointers.
There are always tensions, and sometimes outright hostility, between urban planners, the public and private sector developers.
Tensions are mounting between the professional practices of government planners, processes of public participation and the private sector's increasing role in shaping Australian cities.
Rail needs to go where it will do the most to reinvigorate cities.
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Building more rail shouldn't be reliant on the public purse.
Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas’ first budget includes expenditure on services and a wages increase.
Victoria's Labor government has eschewed an austerity approach in its first budget, in contrast to some of its state counterparts.
Taxpayers are the ultimate losers when governments fail to manage expensive infrastructure projects.
How many times do taxpayers have to go down the same road before governments seriously assess how expensive infrastructure decisions are made?
A global infrastructure shortfall looms - but governments need to carefully assess the merits of private capital.
While in Davos representing Australia at the World Economic Forum, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has enthusiastically extolled the virtues of the Global Infrastructure Hub as a way of funding an…
Protesters rally against Victoria’s East-West Link project.
Infrastructure projects are ripe for political point scoring. None more so than Private Public Partnerships (PPPs), which allow private companies to profit from key infrastructure. Yet political debate…
Some US bridges are currently living out their twilight years.
There are about 600,000 bridges in the United States, and about one in four is classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. This doesn’t mean they’re in danger of imminent collapse; they…