Government Property Assets in the Wake of the Dual Crisis in Public Finance and Real Estate: An Opportunity to Do Better Going Forward?

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Government Property Assets in the Wake of the Dual Crisis in Public Finance and Real Estate: An Opportunity to Do Better Going Forward?

Abstract

The article discusses the impact that the current international public finance crisis (which coincided with the downturn of real estate markets) has had on government property assets and related services, primarily at the level of sub-national governments. Using examples mainly from North American and European Union countries, the article illustrates how the crisis amplified the risks to which government assets have been exposed, even in more ordinary situations. The central challenge: will governments be able to mobilize the economic value of their assets strategically, to mitigate the crisis impact, or will the government property be wasted on temporary fixes?

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