Why Politics of Public-Private Partnerships Reinforced Economic Rationalism During Twenty-Five Years

Carsten Greve, Graeme Hodge

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This paper examines the economic rationalism of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and the impact of PPPs on public service. PPPs are defined here as long-term infrastructure contracts, often involving private finance, where the public sector and the private sector share risks and results. The paper traces the development of the policy idea of PPPs and the politics of PPPs. The main research questions are: How did PPPs become an influential idea in the narrative of economic rationalism? Why did PPPs emerge as a component in economic rationalism of the last twenty-five years? The paper proceeds by first focusing on the concept of PPP. Then the paper traces the policy and politics of PPPs through a twenty-five year period, including covering main theoretical interpretations of the politics of PPP, and contrasts the political idea with key developments in the public sector and in public-private relations. The paper shows that the policy agenda and the politics surrounding PPPs expanded from a Western policy agenda in the 1990s to a global public policy agenda today that is focused more on infrastructure governance
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - 2017
BegivenhedThe 21st Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2017 - Corvinus University, Budapest, Ungarn
Varighed: 19 apr. 201721 apr. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 21


KonferenceThe 21st Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2017
LokationCorvinus University