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

Camilo Benítez-Ávila*, Andreas Hartmann, Geert Dewulf

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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
    Pages (from-to)716-733
    Number of pages18
    JournalProject Management Journal
    Volume50
    Issue number6
    Early online date10 Jun 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

    Keywords

    • Contractual governance
    • Positioned-practices
    • Project governance
    • Public–private partnerships
    • Relational governance

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