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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521197546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521197540
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,096,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Drawing on his deep understanding and wide-ranging experiences with public-private partnerships, Michael Likosky's book provides essential insight on how to structure a national infrastructure bank effectively, in a way that maintains the public interest, keeps America competitive in the 21st century global economy, and provides the critical investments needed to rebuild our nation."
- U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (Connecticut)



"Michael Likosky has pulled together every major issue that must be addressed during the creation of the new National Infrastructure Bank. His explanation of each of the many demands being made of this great concept is followed by a clear and concise description of the elements of the organization that can best respond. After reading Obama's Bank, one not only understands the grand scale of what must be done, but also knows exactly how to get there."
- Stanton C. Hazelroth, Executive Director, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank



"The notion of an infrastructure bank for the United States is not new. However, Michael Likosky has done what no one else has: looked at all of the key questions that, to this date, have been unanswered. In Obama's Bank he issues a challenge to those who have introduced national infrastructure bank proposals: think very practically about what needs an infrastructure bank can efficiently address, focus on getting the details right, and move beyond talking points to action."
- David Chavern, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Book Description

The Obama administration aims to lay a sound foundation for growth by investing in high-speed rail, clean energy, information technology, drinking water, and other vital infrastructures. The idea is to partner with the private sector to produce these public goods. This book describes the international experience, drawing lessons on how the Obama Bank can forge partnerships to promote a durable twenty-first-century New Deal.

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Michael Likosky holds a JD and DPhil (Oxford Law), directs NYU's Center on Law & Public Finance and is a Senior Fellow at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge. He was previously professor of International Economic Law at the University of London and has held posts and fellowships at Oxford Law, NYU Law, Wisconsin Law, Fordham Law, and Bonn. He has written five books on infrastructure and energy, financial crisis and reinvestment, high tech and industrial growth, oil and gas, mining, and political risk: Obama's Bank: Financing a Durable New Deal (Cambridge), Law, Infrastructure and Human Rights (Cambridge), Transnational Legal Processes (Cambridge), Privatizing Development (Martinus Nijhoff), and The Silicon Empire (Ashgate). His work has been supported by Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Markle Foundation, Institute for a New Reflection on Governance, the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Chatham House. He is the recipient of the Jonathan Weiss Award for Public Interest Advocacy.

Michael is an Expert on public-private-partnerships to the Organization on Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Investment Reports, the World Development Reports, and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Michael advises U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT, formerly); U.S. Treasury; U.S. Congressional Budget Office; U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT); New York State's Empire State Development Corporation; California State Assemblyman Max Blumenthal (24th District); California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency; California Governor Jerry Brown; California's Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank; the Service Employees International Union's Capital Stewardship program; LiUNA's Capital Stewardship program; the Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; the Clinton Global Initiative; Euromoney; World Infrastructure Summit; Transparency International; and Trade Unions Congress.

He co-chairs the Task Force to Modernize California's State Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank at the direction of Governor Jerry Brown; an expert to the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Organization; a member of the Steering Committee of the New York City Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan Task Force; the board of the International Project Finance Association; a steering committee member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute Committee on Sustainability and the Environment; and an advisory board member to Tree of Life Engineers to Iraq and Afghanistan; a member of the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé Working Group on Precedent; a steering committee member of the Regional Plan Association's High Speed Rail project; and a fellow at the Center for State Innovation.

Likosky consults regularly for groups such as ABC, American Business Council, Arizona Technology Enterprises, Atlantic Investment Management, Barclays Bank (Principal Credit, Special Situations Group), Boston Consulting Group, the Carter Center, Causeway Capital Management, CBS, Cornwall Capital, Credit Suisse, Credit Suisse Equity, Deloitte, D.E. Shaw, Deutsche Bank (Distressed), ESPN, Eton Park, Fidelity Investment Management Limited (Asia ex-Japan), GMO LLC, Goldman Sachs (Investing), International Development Law Organization, Marathon Asset Management, the Merger Fund, Morgan Stanley, NBC, Och-Ziff Europe, OECD, Paul Weiss Garrison and Rifkind, Schroder Investment Management Limited, UBS, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Westchester Capital, Ranger Capital Group, Sansar Capital Management, and the Center for Media Education. He regularly writes commissioned reports tied to consultancies.

He contributes opinion pieces and appears regularly in outlets such as New York Times, New York Times Dealbook, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, McKinsey Matters, Marketplace Radio, Bond Buyer, American Banker, Business News Agency, Huffington Post, Oxford Amnesty Lectures, Engineering News-Record, Infrastructure Investor, Africa Investor, Reuters, Guardian UK, Los Angeles Times, Center for American Progress, Salon, The Atlantic, and Public-Private-Partnership Bulletin.

Michael delivers keynote and features talks at Yale University (Edward J. and Dorothy Kempf Memorial Fund), Oxford Law, Columbia Law, US Chamber of Commerce, BondBuyer Annual P3 Event (keynote), National Press Club Antitrust, Harvard University's Capital Matters, the American Society of Civil Engineers New Jersey Branch (keynote), Fairfield County Business Council, the American Society of Civil Engineers New York Metropolitan Section, International Project Finance Association, Project Finance
International (master classes), Infrastructure Investor Americas, and World Free Zone Convention.

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By Margaret on November 23, 2012
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Great ideas about new ways of looking at issues that we have to deal wit at all levels of government.
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Michael Likosky directs NYU's Center on Law & Public Finance and is a Senior Fellow at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge; he has also written books such as Law, Infrastructure and Human Rights (Law in Context), The Silicon Empire: Law, Culture And Commerce (Law, Justice, and Power), etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 2010 book, "My own hope ... is not that we vilify government-industry relations or quixotically aim to do away with them. Instead, the purpose of writing this book is to advocate bringing to the fore their justification... This book focuses on how to model partnerships so as to advance their public interest aims." (Pg. 3) He adds, "This book advocates for a single mega-bank combining traditional infrastructure sectors along with clean energy in far greater depth than currently envisaged." (Pg. 5)

What Likosky calls "the Obama Bank" is "a stand-in for an approach to recovery." (Pg. 12) He argues that "the Republican free market approach in practice involves the government advancing a certain set of interests... As Obama observed, globalization was a government policy that advantaged some while structurally disfavoring many others." (Pg. 15-16)

He explains, "The Obama Bank is an effort to turn the most appealing aspects of this foreign affairs model inward. The bank itself is modeled on our U.S. export infrastructure banks and the intergovernmental ones.
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