Contractual and Relational Governance as Positioned-Practices in Ongoing Public–Private Partnership Projects

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Abstract

This article introduces a process framework based on the realist social theory for studying governing in ongoing public–private partnerships (PPPs). Contractual and relational practices are defined as activities enacted and re-created by virtue of actors’ dual positions: at both the partnership and the parent organizational levels. In PPPs, complementarities and contradictions between public, rule-bureaucratic logic and private, market-oriented logic define structural demands on actors. Nonpredictive and innovative governing activities emerge from the actors’ reflexive capacity to balance different demands. The framework allows the examination of the complex interplay of relational and contractual practices, illustrated in a PPP Dutch case.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 10 Jun 2019

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Public-private partnerships
Relational governance
Logic
Complementarity
Social theory
Innovative activity
Organizational level

Keywords

  • contractual governance
  • positioned-practices
  • project governance
  • public–private partnerships
  • relational governance

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