International Handbook on Mega-Projects
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International Handbook on Mega-Projects

Edited by Hugo Priemus and Bert van Wee

This comprehensive and accessible Handbook presents state-of-the-art research on the decision-making processes in the deliverance of mega-projects – large infrastructure projects for the transportation of people and/or goods.
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Chapter 9: Public–private partnership in developing and governing mega-projects

Graeme Hodge and Carsten Greve


Public–private partnership somehow captures the imagination, and for political leaders, is capable of delivering high-profile infrastructure projects that demonstrate political leadership. But despite the popularity of the concept, the arena is still highly contested and much of the literature is filled with either ideological advocacy or criticism. There is little doubt that the PPP experiment has been filled with well-rehearsed arguments over public versus private sector efficiency and it has been a strong policy preference for governments such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. There is equally, though, a need now to think more carefully about the PPP phenomenon and to bring this concept to our present discussion on mega-projects. This chapter aims to do just that.

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