A large collection of essays published by Sapienza and LUISS outlines new horizons for cooperation
Public and private. These concepts influence the economy and the creation of wealth (which is not necessarily always purely material), financial gain and social returns, and a particular view of the market and labour. There are numerous relationships between the public and private sectors, all of which are important, that can be established within the current social systems. The two spheres of society, both expressions of a culture of production (in tangible and intangible ways), interact continuously, generating consequences that in turn are a reason for interaction. They also condition each other. That is why we need to understand the nature and aspects of this relationship better. Reading the collection of essays Dialogo e cooperazione tra società, sistema pubblico ed imprese: politiche pubbliche e strategie di impresa (Dialogue and cooperation between society, the public system and businesses: public policies and business strategies) written by several authors and published by Sapienza University and LUISS, is a good way to start exploring these issues.
It is a collection of essays that all reflect on the different aspects of the links between the public system and private companies as seen from different perspectives. The collection is divided into a series of areas, each of which investigates public-private relations from a particular point of view, first in a general sense, then from the legislative perspective, followed by a look at the quality of public policies, then at the issues of autonomy, planning of interventions, relations with Europe and, finally, smart working. Each part of the collection begins with a Final Report tasked with summarising the results of the studies pertaining to that macro thematic area.
In one of the Final Reports, Mario Bonito of the Faculty of Political Sciences, Sociology, Communication of Wisdom writes of the “need for greater cooperation between the public and private sectors in order to ensure order and competitiveness. The lack of trust results in the dominance of one over the other and vice versa, a factor that produces a paralysis and a reduction of freedom.” The author adds: “Greater trust and cohesion between the public and private spheres would improve the quality of public policies both in the short term ‒ by strengthening the capacity for their formulation and the coordination of policies with the forecasts of their economic impacts ‒ and in the long term through mechanisms for implementation, monitoring, evaluation and responsibility.”
A sort of new business culture is drafted together with a new culture of public intervention, both aimed at improving the local area, production and well-being.
School for Public Policies, Sapienza University, LUISS, 2019