Book News: October 19th, 2004

By Stephen Reeve and Warren Hatter.The report from the new Local Government Network, an independent think-tank seeking to transform public services, emphasises the period beyond the process of contract signing. The authors identify the distinct phases in the practical management of Public Private Partnerships of ‘Vision’, ‘Action’ and ‘Evolution’, each requiring different skills. The report also identifies a framework of ‘principles’ and ‘do’s and don’ts’ to guide each stage of the PPP process. While the authors emphasise that this should not be seen as ‘a blueprint for success’, they view the framework as pointing the way towards successful implementation of PPP aims.

The report is available from   or 020 7357 0152, price 21.25 pounds