The course will explore some of the many intersections of the public and private sectors in "public-private partnerships." These partnerships between government and business have become a common device of American urban politics; one that bears little relationship to traditional government contracts. Through case studies—some successful, some not, and some for which the outcome is uncertain—the class will look at competing public policy, legal, political and financial challenges in these transactions. The cases will focus on sports stadiums/arenas, frequent occupants of this space (including the SF Giants, Oakland A's and Warriors searches), and the 49ers' new stadium. It will also consider other uses on public land such as the Exploratorium Museum, housing and perhaps even an oyster farm.
Instructor Name: Pamela Duffy
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP , Partner
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