Public Private Partnership in History, Theory and Practice

Bhabani Nayak

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The existing literature on the concepts and history of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) locate its relevance for budgeting and development planning in developed countries as well as developing countries. Such literature often draws out the advantages and disadvantages of these concepts with a strong focus on the financial implications to the shareholders. However, there appears to be less emphasis on the effects of these concepts and gaps between theory and practice of PPPs. The purpose of this paper is to reject the essentialist and neoliberal approach to PPPs by critically evaluating both normative and empirical arguments within existing literature on PPPs. It explores different dynamics of PPPs in theory and practice within global public policy. The paper draws its methodological lineages to nonlinear historical narrative around the concept and construction of the idea and language of ‘PPPs’. The paper follows discourse analysis (Fairclough, 2003) to locate the way in which the PPPs were incorporated within the language of global public policy. The paper finds that most of the existing literature is looking at managerial, operational, functional and essentialist aspects of PPPs. Therefore, the paper argues that critical success of PPPs depends on its social value for common good with an emancipatory outlook.The study encourages future researchers to move beyond functional aspects of PPPs and locate emancipatory possibilities within the praxis of PPPs from a holistic perspective of global public policy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Sustainable Development Outlook 2018
Subtitle of host publicationPublic Private Partnership for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
EditorsAllam Ahmed
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJoint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System and World Association for Sustainable Development
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)978-907106-46-0
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2018
EventWASD 16th International Annual Conference, Geneva: Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - United Nations, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 Apr 201813 Apr 2018
Conference number: 16


ConferenceWASD 16th International Annual Conference, Geneva
Abbreviated titleWASD
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