Public-private partnerships and cooperative agreements in municipal service delivery.


This study uses quantitative and qualitative survey data on the use of public-private partnership in provision and production of public services by municipalities in predominantly rural New Hampshire (USA). Descriptive analysis suggests that town officials are less satisfied with the quality of privatized services, suggesting that privatization involves some tradeoff between costs and quality. These results differ from the experiences of large metropolitan areas and suggest that conclusions of previous research do not necessarily generalize to the challenges faced by small rural communities. Statistical analysis confirms that available fiscal health, geography, and voting patterns are linked to privatization decisions.

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International Journal of Public Administration


Taylor & Francis

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