Special Issue Preview: Examining Public Private Partnerships and the Production of Urban Space

Articles from our current Examining Public Private Partnerships and the Production of Urban Space, have been posted on our site now! Please see all the links below for an introduction to all of our articles in this issue.


By Guest Editors: Sandra Guinand and Susanna F. Schaller

The articles in this special issue explore and analyze public-private partnerships (PPP) that work to reshape the production of space in urban settings. As cities have adopted an entrepreneurial ethos, many urban interventions initiated or encouraged by public authorities now rely on the financial capacity and the know-how of for-profit and not-for-profit private partners. Generally, the aim is to (re)develop land that is often under their jurisdiction or to fund and manage the provision of public amenities and services.

This special issue presents cases from the U.S., Singapore, Canada, Germany, and Brazil to highlight some of the commonalities while deliberately contextualizing how PPPs work in different political, institutional, and regulatory environments. Together, the cases present a more detailed and nuanced account of PPP governance structures. They investigate how policy context and the specific arrangements guiding PPPs throughout the various development phases impact policy outcomes, including the production of explicitly articulated social values and public benefits. These articles illustrate that not only the clear articulation of public values and goals but also the distribution of power across the partnership matters. The case studies consequently critically address how and to what extent these projects contribute or not to producing a more just city.

Table of Contents

1. Developing homeless shelters through public–private partnerships: The case of the Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto, by Matti Siemiatycki

2. Local-level philanthropic partnerships in public education: Dilemmas for equity and public responsibility, by Elizabeth Nisbet

3. State domination in Singapore’s public–private partnerships, by Susan S. Fainstein

4. Public–private synergies: Reconceiving urban redevelopment in Tübingen, Germany, by Susanna F. Schaller

5. Removing the public from public housing: Public–private redevelopment of the Ellen Wilson Dwellings in Washington, DC, by Johanna Bockman

6. Can public–private partnerships help achieve the right to the city in Brazil? The case of Casa Paulista program in São Paulo, by Priscila Izar

7. Re-arranging public-private partnerships: The case of South Street Seaport New York, by Sandra Guinand

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