A Vehicle for Change
PNGV, An Experiment in Government-Industry Cooperation
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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
A Brief History of U.S. Automotive Policy
PNGV Design and Implementation
Theory Related to Automotive Policy and PNGV
Prior PNGV Research and This Dissertation
Data and Methods
Relationships Between Government and Industry
Relationships Within the Domestic Auto Industry
Components of Relationships Among Participants
PNGV in the Rear-View Mirror
A Vehicle for Change?
Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Documents Related to Research Interviews
Codes Assigned to Automotive News "Opinion" Columns
Research conducted by
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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