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The Politics and Economics of Public Service Failure in India and the New Mantra of PPPs

November 22, 2012 - 10:00-12:00

Public lecture series: The Political Economy of Transition in India

 

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This public lecture series takes place over the course of five Thursdays in November, and is arranged by Asia Research Centre, CBS, in cooperation with Contemporary South Asian Studies, Oxford University and Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge University.
Lecture 4: Professor Sebastian Morris, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and CBS-ICCR Visiting Professor in Indian Studies
The Politics and Economics of Public Service Failure in India and the New Mantra of PPPs

Sebastian Morriss

Abstract: This lecture presents the core reasons for the deep-rooted failure of public services provision in India despite attempts to address it. Today the dominant consensus is that Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) can deliver services efficiently. The left view is to bring back the state, which, however, is problematic given the experience of failure in the pre-reform period. The right view is to rely on the market and the organisational forms that exist in the private sector. However, it is unlikely that the government can create the necessary frameworks to take privatisation and PPPs forward even though the benefits have been large in the few instances where these frameworks have been appropriately created. The lecture indicates that key challenges remain and alternatives are needed to address them.
Sebastian Morris is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and currently the CBS-ICCR Visiting Professor.  His interests include international trade and investment, industrial development, economic history, public sector, infrastructure, small firms, regulation, and the Indian economy. He has been the editor of the India Infrastructure Reports 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, covering the themes “Market Structure and Regulation”, “Governance Issues for Commercialisation”, “Public Expenditure Allocation and Accountability”, and “Ensuring Value for Money” (all by Oxford University Press) and “Growth and Transformation of Small Firms in India.” Has been post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting faculty at ESSEC, Paris He is a director on the boards of UCO Bank and GETCO.
The Politics and Economics of Public Service Failure in India and the New Mantra of PPPs

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Date:
November 22, 2012
Time:
10:00-12:00