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Getting back on track: the expanded use of PPPs in Ireland since the global financial crisis

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The global financial crisis that took hold in late 2008 resulted in a major slowdown of activity in the global market for public-private partnerships (PPPs). Ireland was one of the countries most affected with over 20 major infrastructure PPP projects postponed or abandoned. Since 2012 however, the Irish government has adopted a number of initiatives to make PPP more attractive to bidders and private sources of finance. This paper describes these initiatives and shows that they have been associated with a renewal of PPP activity. It suggests that some of the adopted measures may involve trade-offs between encouraging PPP investment and achieving standard PPP objectives such as economic efficiency and better innovation. However, the attraction of public sources of finance from sources such as the European Investment Bank should result in a relatively lower cost of finance and enhance value for money if providers adopt rigorous risk management strategies.
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Keywords: Ireland; Public-private partnerships; economic crisis; infrastructure; public policy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Economics, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Publication date: July 4, 2017

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