The Sustainability of Public Private Partnership in Ireland: A theoretical framework

Gail Sheppard, Matthias Beck

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Abstract

Ireland is a latecomer to PPP and, prior to the credit crisis, was seen as a ‘rapid follower’ relying primarily on the UK PPP model in the procurement of infrastructure in transport, education, housing/urban regeneration and water/wastewater. PPP activity in Ireland stalled during the credit crisis, and some projects were cancelled, but it has taken off again recently with part of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Plan 2016 – 2021 to be delivered through PPP showing continuing political commitment to PPP.
Ireland’s interest in PPP cannot be explained by economic rationale alone, as PPP was initiated during a period of prosperity. We consider three alternative explanations: voluntary adoption – where the UK model was closely followed; coercive adoption – where PPP policy was forced upon Ireland; and institutional isomorphism – where institutional creation and change was promoted to aid public sector organisations in gaining institutional legitimacy. We find evidence of all three patterns, with coercive adoption becoming more relevant in recent years.
This paper therefore asks why PPP was adopted and how this adoption pattern has affected the sustainability of PPP in Ireland. This paper defines PPP; examines the background to the PPP approach adopted in Ireland; outlines the theoretical framework of the paper: transfer theory and institutional theory; discusses the methodology; reports on findings and gives conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2016
Event5th MANAGEMENT CONTROL JOURNAL WORKSHOP : MANAGEMENT CONTROL SYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLEXITY. CURRENT PRACTICES AND INNOVATIONS IN THE SERVICE SECTOR - Bologna University, Rimini Campus, via Angherà 22 , Rimini, Italy
Duration: 23 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

Conference

Conference5th MANAGEMENT CONTROL JOURNAL WORKSHOP
CountryItaly
CityRimini
Period23/06/201624/06/2016

Keywords

  • Public private partnership
  • Policy transfer
  • Isomorphism

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