Public private partnership - a multidisciplinary project on democratic accountability and changing borders between public and private

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 3270000 SEK


Public-Private Partnerships (PPP´s) are a mix of two types of social organizations - state/hierarchy and market. The overall aim of the project is to analyze, based on a multi-disciplinary approach, how PPP´s challenge the liberal democratic understanding of accountability. How is democratic accountability possible when the private and the public spheres are more embedded? The project draws on earlier research on PPP´s and how they often entail an accountability dilemma between the private and the public actors. Empirically three European cases of PPP´s are studied- Galileo (Infrastructure), pandemic influenza preparedness (Health) and Partnership against organised crime and terrorism (Justice and Home Affairs) - and how the Parliamentarian chain of power and accountability works. A special focus lies on the civil servants within national and European agencies and their position between the politicians/political bodies and the private companies. How do they handle the vertical democratic chain with the politicians, on the one hand, with the horisontal contractual relationship with private companies, on the other? The case studies vary on how complex the accountability dilemma is in the partnership and how this dilemma affects the possibility for democratic accountability. The project builds on Mörth´s earlier work on PPP´s and constitutes a broadening and deepening of her previous research.

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