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Delivering local infrastructure through PPPs: evidence from the school sector

da Cruz, Nuno F. and Marques, Rui Cunha (2012) Delivering local infrastructure through PPPs: evidence from the school sector. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138 (12). pp. 1433-1443. ISSN 0733-9364

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Identification Number: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000558


This paper discusses the use of public–private partnership (PPP) contracts in the school sector. With this purpose, four Portuguese case studies are carefully examined. The authors argue that the lessons provided by the literature are not being implemented by public authorities. In fact, while crafting these new governance structures, local governments seem to fail in protecting the public interest. To cope with this state of affairs, the authors draw a risk management strategy and advocate several contract management guidelines. The authors’ findings suggest that increasing transparency in procurement procedures and fostering the standardization of the tender documents and contractual clauses are absolute requirements in achieving value for money. Albeit these best practices are now beginning to be prevalent among academics and practitioners, local decision makers still strive to cope with the complex process of handling the whole life-cycle management of PPP arrangements.

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Additional Information: © 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Cities (Cities Programme)
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 10:20
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:41

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