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Public markets and private democracy? The renegotiation of public and private in global politics

Dingwerth, Klaus and Hanrieder, Tine (2010) Public markets and private democracy? The renegotiation of public and private in global politics. In: Bexell, Magdalena and Mörth, Ulrika, (eds.) Democracy and Public-Private Partnerships in Global Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 81 - 102. ISBN 9781349316113

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Identification Number: 10.1057/9780230283237_5

Abstract

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are usually conceptualized as “state-nonstate partnerships.” Yet this conception is problematic since it is based on the implicit assumption of a quasi-automatic link between legal and motivational actor characteristics, that is, the “public” status of an actor and this actor’s willingness (and capacity) to act “in the public interest.” While those with formal ties to a state are assumed to act “in the public interest,” those without this link are assumed to be acting “in their own private interest.” As we know, both assumptions are questionable. In fact, it would not be too surprising to identify a PPP in which the members of the “public” entity are seeking their own, private benefit, while the “private” partner is seeking to ensure the provision of a common good, such as clean air, safe drinking water, or the preservation of biological diversity.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9780230239067
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 08:39
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 01:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106718

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