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The Institutional Context of Public–Private Partnerships

Lessons from the Arab States of the Gulf Cooperation Council

9781802200133 Edward Elgar Publishing
Mhamed Biygautane, Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Management, The School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 013 3 Extent: c 288 pp
Based on original empirical data collected from three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of Kuwait, Saudi Arabi and Qatar, this engaging book offers comprehensive insights into the institutional environment of public–private partnership (PPP) from a unique and under-explored context.

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Based on original empirical data collected from three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, this engaging book offers comprehensive insights into the institutional environment of public–private partnership (PPP) from a unique and under-explored context.

Drawing on ideas from the fields of project management, neo-institutional theory and research on the Gulf rentier states, this book unpacks how individual and organizational actors engage in several strategies to either enable the implementation of PPPs or to resist them. It explores why and how individual and organizational actors in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar seek to disrupt or maintain existing forms of project organizing. Chapters from this book highlight both the macro and micro-dynamics of initiating, implementing or resisting new forms of project organizing, and offer several theoretical contributions to project management, PPP literature and neo-institutional theory.

This book will be an essential read for academics and policymakers interested in broader questions of how the institutional context affects public sector reforms and the introduction of New Public Management ideas to non-western contexts. Public policy and management students and practitioners will also find this book to be a valuable resource.
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‘Much of the literature on PPPs examines project-level partnerships involving the procurement of specific long-term public infrastructure, along with critical success factors. As the title of the book indicates, Mhamed Biygautane takes a very different and ground breaking approach to the subject, exploring the role of the institutional environments and dynamics, challenging the prevailing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) model. This clearly written volume draws on case studies of the institutional structure of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.’
– Mervyn K. Lewis, University of South Australia

‘Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been an academic preserve largely for inquiry from a quantitative perspective and efficiency perspective. The institutional aspects of PPPs and their impact on the institution of contracting have been far less researched. PPPs are a project management fashion that has spread far and wide beyond the OECD context in which they first emerged. In this excellently researched book Mhamed Biygautane situates the institution of contracting in a political context in the Gulf States of Kuwait. Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In doing so, he makes valuable contributions to both the literature of institutional theory in organization studies and to project management, further embedding their inter-relation. As one who straddles these fields, I recommend this book strongly.’
– Stewart Clegg, University of Sydney, Australia

‘PPPs have become an increasingly important financing option as governments have become more dependent on the private sector as a partner in delivering goods and services. Mhamed Biygautane investigates non-western institutional strategies used by the Gulf Cooperation Council of the Arab States (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) institutions and key policy actors in selecting PPPs as an option. His ground-breaking book, The Institutional Context of Public-Private Partnerships, connects theory and practice to highlight the unique approach of the three Gulf State institutions and policy actors in their use of PPPs. As a former government administrator who used PPPs and as a professor who now researches, publishes and consults on the use of PPPs, I highly recommend this book.”
– Jane Beckett-Camarata, Pennsylvania State University, US

‘Much of the literature on PPPs examines project-level partnerships involving the procurement of specific long-term public infrastructure, along with critical success factors. As the title of the book indicates, Mhamed Biygautane takes a very different and ground-breaking approach to the subject, exploring the role of the institutional environments and dynamics, challenging the prevailing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) model. This clearly written volume draws on case studies of the institutional structure of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.’
– Mervyn K. Lewis, University of South Australia

‘This is a work of impressive breadth and depth. It is based on extensive fieldwork and presents original empirical data not accessible elsewhere, while resting on a robust analytical framework. For academics and policymakers interested in understanding state-business relations in the GCC states, this is essential reading.’
– Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University, Qatar

Contents
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction to The Institutional Context of Public–Private Partnerships 2. The institutional context of PPPs: the roles of institutions, organizations, and individual actors 3. Infrastructure PPPs in the GCC states: the cases of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar 4. The invisible forces of institutional work within policy networks: Az-Zour North One PPP project in Kuwait 5. How institutions shape forms of project organizing: the selective PPP market of Qatar 6. Institutional entrepreneurship and infrastructure PPPs: the role of social actors in Saudi Arabia’s Medina Airport 7. Conclusion Index
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