Lee Mizell (Geneva PPP Research Center) and Dorothée Alain-Dupre (OECD)
Effective public investment across levels of government, the case of sub-national PPPs: analytic framework and preliminary evidence from OECD countries
Paper : Effective public investment across levels of government, the case of sub-national PPPs: analytic framework and preliminary evidence from OECD countries
Authors : Lee Mizell (Geneva PPP Research Center) and Dorothée Allain-Dupré (OECD)
Speaker : Lee Mizell (Geneva PPP Research Center)
Abstract : Worldwide, demand for infrastructure investment has risen and is expected to grow. A 2013 report by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the world needs to spend approximately USD 57 trillion between 2013 and 2030 on transport, power, water, and telecommunications infrastructure just to keep up with global growth. Governments’ resources – both in terms of money and know-how – can fall short of what is needed to meet these and other infrastructure needs. Partnership with the private sector can help narrow the gap.
This paper is concerned with one form of partnership: public-private partnerships (PPPs) to design, build, finance, and operate infrastructure assets and the capacity of sub-national governments (cities, towns, and regions) to engage in them. The paper begins with a definition of PPPs and examines their place on the continuum of options for involving the private sector in infrastructure. Discussion then turns to the prevalence of PPPs and the opportunities they present to tackle infrastructure needs, with specific attention to the case of sub-national governments. It then draws on existing literature and examples from OECD countries to examine the challenges and risks that public and private actors face when planning and implementing sub-national PPPs in a multi-level governance context. The paper offers a look at different mechanisms that can be used to assist sub-national governments in addressing the challenges raised by PPPs, before concluding with a set of recommendations for policy makers.
Lee Mizell is an independent consultant and non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Geneva PPP Research Center. Over the years, she has provided analytic support to public, private, and non-profit organizations on a range of topics, focusing most recently on issues related to economic development, public governance, and public investment. Prior to her current tenure as a consultant, Dr. Mizell served as an administrator in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Among her degrees, she holds a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Dorothée Allain-Dupré is a Project Manager in the OECD’s Regional Development Policy Division, Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development (GOV). Her current work focuses on multi-level governance of public investment and sub-national capacity building. She is in charge of the implementation of the OECD Principles for Effective Public Investment Across Levels of Government and has led several projects linked to public investment and regional development, notably the OECD publication ‘Investing Together: Working Effectively Across Levels of Government’, as well as Territorial and Metropolitan Reviews. Prior to this work, Mrs Allain-Dupré was working in the Budgeting and Public expenditures division of GOV, where she was in charge of public employment and budgeting issues. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Sussex, a Master of Public Policy from the Ecole Doctorale of Sciences-Po, and she graduated from the Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po) Paris.