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Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships

Strategies for Turbulent Times, 1st Edition

Edited by Carsten Greve, Graeme Hodge


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The global financial crisis hit the world in a remarkable way in late 2008. Many governments and private sector organizations, who had considered Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to be their future, were forced to rethink their strategy in the wake of the crisis, as a lot of the available private funding upon which PPPs relied, was suddenly no longer available to the same extent. At the same time, governments and international organizations, like the European Union, were striving to make closer partnerships between the public sector and the private sector economy a hallmark for future policy initiatives.

This book examines PPPs in the context of turbulent times following the global financial crisis (GFC). PPPs can come in many forms, and the book sets out to distinguish between the many alternative views of partnerships; a project, a policy, a symbol of the role of the private sector in a mixed economy, or a governance tool - all within a particular cultural and historical context.

This book is about rethinking PPPs in the wake of the financial crisis and aims to give a clearer picture of the kind of conceptual frameworks that researchers might employ to now study PPPs. The crisis took much of the glamour out of PPPs, but theoretical advances have been made by researchers in a number of areas and this book examines selected new research approaches to the study of PPPs.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Public-Private Partnerships in Turbulent Times (Graeme Hodge and Carsten Greve) 2. The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Public-Private Partnerships: A UK Perspective (Cierran Connoly and Anthony Wall) 3. What return for Risk?: The Price of Equity Capital in Public-Private Partnerships (Mark Hellowell and Veronica Vecchi) 4. Mind the Gap: Accountability and Value for Money in Public-Private Partnerships in Ireland (Eoin Reeves) 5. Enhancing Innovation in Public Organizations through Public-Private Partnerships: The Role of Public Managers (Tamyko Ysa, Marc Esteve and Francisco Longo) 6. Incorporating Non-Profit Sector Perspectives in the Study of Public-Private Partnerships (Anna Amirkhanynan and Sarah Pettitjohn) 7. A Foucault Perspective on Public-Private Partnership Mega Projects (Sophie Sturup) 8. The Public Management of Public-Private Partnerships: U.S. City-Level Structures for Brownfield Cleanup and Redevelopment (Rob Alexander) 9. Beyond the Contract: The Challenge of Evaluating the Performance(s) of Public-Private Partnerships (Stephen Jeffares, Helen Sullivan and Tony Bovaird) 10. A Theory Driven Approach to Public-Private Partnerships: The Dynamics of Complexity and Control (Koen Verhoest, Joris Voets and Kit van Gestel) 11. Conclusions: Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships (Carsten Greve and Graeme Hodge)

About the Editors

Carsten Greve is Professor at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His research focuses on public-private cooperation and partnerships and public management in a comparative perspective and he has contributed to, or published many books in these areas, including Contracting for Public Services (2007, Routledge)

Graeme Hodge is Professor at Monash University, Australia. He is the Director of the Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies in the Law Faculty at Monash, as well as the founding Director of the Monash Centre for Privatisation and Public Accountability. He has published extensively in areas such as privatisation of public sector enterprise, outsourcing of government services and public-private partnerships

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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