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Providing Public Services in China: is it just a problem of scale?

LSESU China Development Society Seminar

For over 20 years China has been using public private partnerships (in one form or another) to help deliver local infrastructure and has been recently seeking to extend this into public services. As in the West it is seen as a fast route to public service improvemnts and as a way of minimising current public expenditures. The talk will focus on how this has worked and the problems still faced in realising value for money, achieving transparency and establishing an ethos of public service across various levels of public administration. A number of key constraints are identified that will require effective and rapid solutions if PPP is to deliver the anticipated benefits, especially at the local level.

Professor John Adams has worked in East Africa at the University of Dar es Salaam Research Bureau, and in Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong. Currently Professor Adams is the Director of the China-EU Research Centre based at Napier University in Edinburgh. He has published widely in the field of economics in both national and international academic journals, is the co-author of several textbooks and an external examiner at the Universities of Dundee and Hong Kong. He is currently a visiting Professor at three universities in China.


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Date and Time:

9 January 2008 at 2:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



D202, Clement Houste
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

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