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This research assesses the effectiveness of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) in improving relationships among its members. The period examined is the decade of the 1990s, a period when U.S. industrial competitiveness was a significant national concern, and laws enabled new forms of industrial cooperation such as R&D partnerships. While PNGV’s ultimate technical accomplishments were limited, this study finds that this government-industry partnership did improve the relationship between the government and this industry. This study also provides practical observations on specific aspects of a partnership to emulate or avoid.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    A Brief History of U.S. Automotive Policy

  • Chapter Three

    PNGV Design and Implementation

  • Chapter Four

    Theory Related to Automotive Policy and PNGV

  • Chapter Five

    Prior PNGV Research and This Dissertation

  • Chapter Six

    Study Design

  • Chapter Seven

    Data and Methods

  • Chapter Eight

    Relationships Between Government and Industry

  • Chapter Nine

    Relationships Within the Domestic Auto Industry

  • Chapter Ten

    Components of Relationships Among Participants

  • Chapter Eleven

    PNGV in the Rear-View Mirror

  • Chapter Twelve

    A Vehicle for Change?

  • Appendix A

    Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms

  • Appendix B

    Documents Related to Research Interviews

  • Appendix C

    Codes Assigned to Automotive News "Opinion" Columns

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in December 2009 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of James Bonomo (Chair), Steven W. Popper, and Paul C. Light.

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