Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in development policy: Exploring the concept and practice

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Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have proliferated in development studies over the past decades. However, oftentimes the partnership notion remains loosely defined, thus making it difficult to grasp the concept and evaluate practice. This article aims to contribute to conceptual and empirical exploration of the PPP concept. Based on a comprehensive review of the literature, we frame eight characteristics of PPPs in development policy. Turning then to exploration of empirical practice, we present a longitudinal analysis of PPPs in Danish development policy over a twenty-year period. The conceptual and empirical insights target PPP development researchers and practitioners alike.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Issue numberS2
Pages (from-to) O729-O747
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Important note from the publisher regarding the attached document (embargoed until May 10th 2019) "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Brogaard, L. and Petersen, O. H. (), Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in development policy: Exploring the concept and practice. Dev Policy Rev., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."

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