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The Politics of Public–Private Partnerships in Western Europe

Comparative Perspectives Thomas Krumm, Assistant Professor, Turkish-German University, Istanbul, Turkey
This comprehensive book provides a comparative policy analysis of public-private partnerships in 14 Western European countries from Scandinavia to Greece, bringing together insights from government, economics and politics. Thomas Krumm describes and analyses the forms and extents of collaboration between the state and private sector organisations, focusing on political drivers for a policy change in favour of PPP and the supportive and limiting socioeconomic and institutional conditions. Using comparative data, the author charts key policies and actors involved in supporting collaboration between the state and private business organisations across these countries.
Extent: 256 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78254 925 3
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
  • Public Policy
This comprehensive book provides a unique comparative policy analysis of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in 14 Western European countries – from Scandinavia to Greece – bringing together important insights from government and politics as well as economics and institutional analysis.

Thomas Krumm focuses on political drivers for policy change in favour of PPPs, and the supportive and limiting socioeconomic and institutional conditions. Using comparative data, he charts key policies and actors involved in supporting collaboration between the State and private business organisations across Western Europe.

Students and scholars of public policy, regulation and comparative politics, among other disciplines, will find this book to be useful in their research or teaching. It will also be of substantial interest to PPP practitioners, and other specialists in the subject.
‘Using theories and methods from the toolbox of Comparative Public Policy and Comparative Political Economy, Thomas Krumm's excellent book is a must-read for anyone interested in the politics of public–private partnerships in a cross-country perspective.’
– Karsten Mause, University of Muenster, Germany

‘Why have some countries in Western Europe heavily relied on public-private partnerships between 1990 and 2009 while others have abstained from using this policy instrument? In his important study, Thomas Krumm provides an encompassing and detailed overview of PPP activities, in no less than 14 West European EU member states, that so far has not been available. Using a mixed-methods research design, the author convincingly shows that political and economic factors explain the diverse PPP trajectories in Western Europe.’
– Reimut Zohlnhoefer, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. PPP as a Political Issue 3. PPP in Western Europe: Challenges for Comparative Research 4. The Nordic Countries 5. United Kingdom and Ireland 6. Belgium and the Netherlands 7. Germany and Austria 8. France and Italy 9. The Iberian Peninsula and Greece 10. Conclusion Index