Contemporary public–private partnership: towards a global research agenda

Graeme Hodge, Carsten Greve

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This paper reviews the research agenda lineage on public–private partnerships (PPPs) from Broadbent and Laughlin's seminal piece in 1999. The PPP phenomenon is viewed at five levels: project delivery, organisational form, policy, governance tool and as a phenomenon within a broader historical and cultural context. We argue that whilst a variety of research issues will continue to be relevant, five corresponding areas deserve future visibility for a renewed research agenda: (1) Financialisation of PPPs, (2) global PPP market actors, (3) internationalisation of policy on PPPs, (4) long-term complex contracts as a governing regime and (5) PPPs in BRICS and developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalFinancial Accountability and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • contracting
  • infrastructure development
  • performance
  • policy
  • public–private partnerships

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