SOAS University of London

Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

Privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships

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After a wave of privatisations in western and eastern Europe, with a later series of privatisations in Africa and Asia, governments are now faced with decisions about what to do with remaining state owned enterprises and public services. Options include privatisation by trade sale or public offering, contracting out, use of voluntary agencies, public private partnerships to finance public service infrastructure and innovative forms of ownership. This course is designed to help people making and advising on these decisions.

The course is based on theory and practical application through case studies of privatisation and other alternatives throughout the world, ranging from examples of obvious failure such as the railways in the United Kingdom to apparent successes such as Kenya Airways. The emphasis of the course is on critical analysis of the alternatives.

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