Conference on Privatization | BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University

Conference on Privatization

Contracting Issues at the Intersection of the Public and Private Sectors

November 7 & 8, 2013

In these challenging times of economic recession and fiscal stress, how to achieve a humane and just society is a central and enduring concern for all. The issue of privatization directly addresses this concern. It spotlights the appropriate role for and breadth of government, the ability of private enterprise to successfully address the general welfare, and costs borne by every citizen for each approach.

Leading scholars from around the world will convene at Wake Forest University to discuss these important issues.

The objective of this conference is to increase our understanding of contracting issues at the intersection between the public and private sector.

Should the U.S. air traffic control system and the interstate highway system be owned and run by the government?  Each depends on annual subsidies from the government to keep operating. These high profile organizations are but two of many organizations designed to provide for the general welfare of the public, and which are owned and operated by the government.

In recent decades governments around the world have sold off state-owned assets to private investors. Should the U.S. do the same?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of privatizing organizations on which the public depends? What are the challenges in achieving operational efficiency and financial success when governments manage such organizations?

Sponsored by:

The Wake Forest University BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism

Other Information About the Conference:

The conference will be held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to the paper presentations, the conference will feature an opening dinner, keynote speaker, and several other opportunities for social and professional events.

The WFU BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism will provide up to $400 travel allowance for presenting authors.

Questions regarding any other aspects of the conference may be addressed to:

Register for the Conference.

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