Contemporary Public-private Partnership: Towards a Global Research Agenda

Graeme Hodge, Carsten Greve

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This paper reviews the research agenda lineage on public-private partnerships (PPPs) from Broadbent and Laughlin's seminal piece in 1999. The PPP phenomenon is viewed at five levels: project delivery, organisational form, policy, governance tool and as a phenomenon within a broader historical and cultural context. We argue that whilst a variety of research issues will continue to be relevant, five corresponding areas deserve future visibility for a renewed research agenda: (1) Financialisation of PPPs, (2) global PPP market actors, (3) internationalisation of policy on PPPs, (4) long-term complex contracts as a governing regime and (5) PPPs in BRICS and developing countries
Original languageEnglish
JournalFinancial Accountability & Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Contracting
  • Infrastructure development
  • Performance
  • Policy
  • Public-private partnerships

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