Article

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

Citation

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5850.2006.00861.x

Abstract
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.

Journal
Public Budgeting and Finance: Volume 26, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2006
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10476
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0275-1100