International Public-private Partnership Policies: Convergence in Themes from International Organizations?

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    This paper focuses on how international public-private partnership (PPP) policies are formulated and implemented by international organizations. PPPs for infrastructure projects are relevant and present in many countries around the world. The literature is full of studies of individual countries and various aspects of PPPs governance and finance. But what has been less emphasized in the literature is the way in which international organizations have been developing and promoting policies for PPPs. This paper makes a first attempt in trying to describe and analyze the way international organizations make policy for PPPs and to focus on perception issues related to their actions. The research questions are: How do international organizations make policy for PPPs and what tools do they use? Do PPP policies from international organizations converge on the same kind of themes? The theoretical lenses used will be from theories of the policy process, including the Advocacy Coalition Framework. The empirical focus will be on international organizations’ approaches to PPPs. The paper examines policy papers from selected international organizations, including the the ASEAN countries, the European Union, International Monetary Fund, OECD, UN, and the World Bank. The methodology is to examine the most recent policy papers (documents and reports) and compare their content and tools. The paper shows that international organizations cooperate on certain issues in policy Development and tools for PPPs. But each organization also likes to promote its own tool for PPP. International organizations converge on roughly the same themes, and that there seem to be overall agreement about the main messages and recommendations for the use of PPPs in infrastructure projects. The paper will contribute knowledge on the degree to which international organizations’ PPP policies converge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventThe 20th Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2016 - City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Duration: 13 Apr 201615 Apr 2016
    Conference number: 20


    ConferenceThe 20th Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2016
    LocationCity University of Hong Kong
    Country/TerritoryHong Kong
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