If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government
To look at any major social achievement, there has always been a partnership between public and private worlds, so it may be best to get away from ideological or dogmatic thinking whether it should be one or the other.
NASA, the Manhattan Project, were partnerships between the two with HUGE numbers of staff.
"At least under Mussolini, the trains ran on time." This may have turned out to be a myth. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, many clamored, why we couldn't have such construction achievement and excellence here at home? There is often during trying times an impulse to want a kind of "strong man" a kind of authoritarian to get things accomplished.