[Press and Public Relations] Scottish Parliament Post for University Professor



July 2001

No. 78

Professor Peter Jackson, Director of the University of Leicester Management Centre, has been appointed as special advisor to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

He will be involved in an investigation into the Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnerships.

Professor Jackson said: “This is quite a hot topic at the moment because it lies at the centre of government policy to establish closer links between the public and private sectors as part of the ‘modernising government’ strategy, in order to deliver cost effective public services. The Finance Committee will seek to establish how the Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnerships contribute to value for money and best value.”

Note to editors: Further information is available from Professor Peter Jackson, Director of the University of Leicester Management Centre, telephone +44 (0)116 252 3957/3991.

Professor Peter M Jackson BA PhD FRSA

Having been appointed as Professor of Economics in 1979 Peter Jackson became Head of the Economics Department (1979-85). Currently he is Director of the University of Leicester Management Centre and Director of the Public Sector Economics Research Centre (PSERC). Formerly he was an economist with HM Treasury (1969-71) working on public expenditure planning and control. Past posts include that of Lecturer at the University of Stirling (1971-77), specialising in monetary economics and public sector economics. His research interests are in public expenditure growth, fiscal problems of local government and public sector employment growth. Professor Jackson has advised House of Commons Select Committees, Department of the Environment, EEC, OEDC and the National Consumer Council. He is Political Economy Series Editor for Harvester Press, Editorial Board Member for the journal Management & Decision; Research Director of the Public Finance Foundation; Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the former Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) 1988-92; Member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) 1986-89. Professor Jackson is the author of books on public sector economics, fiscal policy, numerous articles on Management and Business, and a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA).


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