Transparency of Risk and Reward in U.K. Public-Private Partnerships


Hood J, Fraser I & McGarvey N (2006) Transparency of Risk and Reward in U.K. Public-Private Partnerships. Public Budgeting and Finance, 26 (4), pp. 40-58.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are an increasingly common mechanism for the renewal of public sector infrastructure, although in the United Kingdom, these have been criticized as representing poor value for money. An inherent assumption of much of this criticism is that a corollary of detriment for the public sector is benefit for the private sector. This paper highlights the difficulty of objectively verifying the many criticisms and assumptions regarding risk and reward associated with PPPs. Public and private sector disclosure policies and systems are analyzed and we conclude that neither sector practices openness and transparency. This results in a democratic accountability deficit in the public sector and a lack of meaningful data being made available to stakeholders in private companies.

Public Budgeting and Finance: Volume 26, Issue 4

Publication date31/12/2006