Why Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) don’t work

published 24 March 2015 updated 24 March 2015

The report "Why Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) don’t work: The many advantages of the public alternative" by David Hall, former Director of Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), assesses the PPP experience in both industrialised and developing countries. The many case studies analysed, from United Kingdom to Chile, show that PPPs are an expensive and inefficient way of financing infrastructure and services, since they conceal public borrowing, while providing long-term state guarantees for profits to private companies.

The author proposes a public alternative to this system, in which national and local governments can continue to develop infrastructure by using public finance for investment, and public sector organisations to deliver the service.

Unions can extract information from this reference document and apply it to their specific contexts.

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