This paper examines public-private partnerships (PPP) in the construction, running and maintenance of public schools in Denmark. Public-private partnerships in construction projects are high on the agenda in Danish politics and have been encouraged by varying governments the past 10-15 years. The paper is based on experiences from the first PPP project in Denmark, Vildbjerg Skole, a public school in Herning Municipality. The experiences with PPP at Vildbjerg Skole lead to undesirable obligations between the involved parties. The paper examines whether these complications are addressed in the construction, running and maintenance of Ørstedskolen, a public PPP school in Langeland Municipality. Furthermore, it is examined which State initiatives and motives from local government determined the choice of PPP as an organisational form in the construction, running and maintenance of Ørstedskolen. Analysis of documents and an interview with the city manager of Langeland Municipality Jørgen Vestby Christiansen will be applied throughout the study. Theoretically, the study will be examined with the application of principal-agent theory and transaction-cost theory. Initially, the paper outlines the use of PPPs in a Danish framework after which the complications experienced at Vildbjerg Skole will be clarified. The incentives for constructing, running and maintaining Ørstedskolen as a PPP as well as the experienced potentials will be examined subsequently. Hereafter, the paper will examine how complications with the PPP model are addressed in the formulation of the contract of Ørstedskolen. The attempt to address these complications consist of; the importance of experience based knowledge, the attempt to counteract opportunistic behaviour and finally to prevent gaps in communication in formulation of functional requirements without averting innovation. The PPP model appears as a complex and intangible form of organisation. The strengths of the model are concurrently the weaknesses. The paper concludes that the practice of the PPP-model does not particularly differ from the traditional model of construction used in Denmark, causing the definition ‘partnership’ to lose its eligibility and reducing the use of PPPs as a way of financing. In the light of this statement, the state’s inducement to the use of the PPP model appear as a result of the neoliberal agenda, which demands a higher level of private interference in public affairs.
|Uddannelser||Politik og Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||25 jan. 2016|
- Vildbjerg Skole
- Principal-agent teori
- Offentlige-private partnerskaber