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Mixed companies and local governance: no man can serve two masters

da Cruz, Nuno F. ORCID: 0000-0003-3381-6359 and Marques, Rui Cunha (2012) Mixed companies and local governance: no man can serve two masters. Public Administration, 90 (3). pp. 737-758. ISSN 0033-3298

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.02020.x


This article looks at the use of institutionalized public–private partnership (PPP) arrangements by local governments for the delivery of different types of infrastructure. It starts by analyzing the mixed company model from a theoretical point of view, in particular the potential for internal regulation and the achievement of a relational agreement. Then, after discussing the practicalities of crafting this type of governance structure, four Portuguese case studies are examined. The empirical evidence on mixed companies operating in the water, waste, transportation, and education sectors shows that the extreme complexity involved in the whole life-cycle management of these companies usually leads to a poor protection of the public interest.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 10:11
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 17:24

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