Public–Private Partnerships and Their Use in Protecting Critical Infrastructure

  • Robert M. Clark
  • Simon Hakim
Part of the Competitive Government: Public Private Partnerships book series (CGPPP)


The goal of this book is to discuss the potential for the use of public–private partnerships (PPPs) for encouraging critical infrastructure investment throughout the world. Critical infrastructure is defined as the essential service or services that underpin and support the backbone of a nation’s economy, security, and health, according to the United States (US) Department of Homeland Security. These services include the power used by homes and businesses, drinking water, transportation, stores and shops, and communications. Sixteen critical infrastructure sectors have been identified which compose the assets, systems, and networks, physical or virtual that are vital to physical security, economic security, and national public health and safety. This book will discuss the objectives and legal requirements associated with public–private partnerships (PPPs). Experts will discuss the elements that make up a successful PPP as well as provide examples where PPPs have failed. Examples will include the application of the PPP concept in the United States, as well as in Europe, the UK, China, South Korea, and in Australia for a wide variety of activities. It makes an attempt to “demystify” the PPP concept and to discuss both the successes and failures associated with PPPs. Hopefully the information presented in this book will assist decision makers in making these important investment decisions.



American Society of Civil Engineers


Department of Homeland Security


European Program for Critical Infrastructure Protection


Government Accountability Office


International Monetary Fund


Lease and Lease Back


National Council for Public–Private Partnerships


Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


Performance-based initiatives


Public–Private Partnership


United States


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Clark
    • 1
  • Simon Hakim
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Engineering and Public Health ConsultantCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Center for Competitive Government, Professor of EconomicsTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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