International Business | Summer Programs

Business & the State: Privatization & Public-Private Partnerships

Business & the State examines relationships between business and the state, focusing on privatization and public-private partnerships, a major political and economic issue for many countries.

The courses will look at political as well as economic considerations, using cases drawn from a variety of industries including defense/security, financial services, energy, healthcare and telecoms, and examine impacts on firms, consumers, and workers in terms of management, employment, access, reliability, price, quality, and distributional equity.

The program includes a one-week trip to London to explore Britain’s 35-year experience with analysis and transfer of state assets to private ownership, and extensive use of public-private partnerships.  The itinerary includes visits with academics, policy analysts, and business leaders to gain insight into current assessment of privatization as a policy in the UK. We will discuss the lessons learned from the UK Parliamentary System, and explore the implications of the UK experience for policies in other countries.  Our itinerary includes trips out of London and cultural activities.

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Application Deadline

Students must apply no later than February 26, 2017.

Apply to the Program

Program Calendar

  • May 25 to July 27, 2017
    • Thursdays, 6:10-9:05 PM, GW campus
  • June 17 – June 25, 2017 Travel to London (one week)

Academics • 6 Credit Hours

  • IBUS 6202/PPPA 6077 • 3 credits
  • IBUS 6297/PPPA 6085 • 3 credits = 6 credits

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Additional Information

Designed for graduate students in business, public policy, public administration, government contracting, and international affairs.

For more information, contact:

Contact: Professor Robert Weiner
P: (202) 994-5981
A: Funger Hall, Ste. 401 • 2201 G St. NW, Washington DC, 20052

Optional Drop-In Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 • 5:30 to 7:00 PM
    Funger Hall, Room 103
    2201 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20052
  • Thursday, February 2, 2017 • 5:00 to 6:00 PM
    School of Media & Public Affairs, Room 603
    805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Business & the State

Recorded Information Session, 2017

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