While a variety of scholars have considered the politics behind certain aspects of PPPs, this work has not yet come together to form a systematic research agenda. In this chapter, we build on a research agenda that we have been undertaking to advance the frontiers of a political conception of PPPs. First, we provide an analytic definition of the concept of a PPP that clarifies its political relevance and potential. Second, we examine the strategic importance of PPPs so defined for electoral representatives. Third, we consider the way in which PPPs as institutions are viewed by voters. Finally, we elaborate a research agenda that addresses questions of electoral accountability and representation in both domestic and comparative contexts. This chapter addresses research on both advanced and transition economies, using comparative, systematic and quantitative analytical methods, an approach that differs from the case studies often adopted when analyzing the politics of PPPs.
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