Taking an institutional perspective, in this article we develop an index of the governmental support for public private partnership (PPP) — a ‘PPP Governmental Support Index’ (GSI) — which aims to measure the extent to which national governments provide an institutional
framework that is either conducive or preventive for the introduction and diffusion of PPPs within transport infrastructure and other sectors. First, based on a substantive review of the literature, we define the elements of the PPP GSI, including the policy and political commitment regarding
PPPs, the legal and regulatory framework, and the presence/absence of dedicated PPP-supporting arrangements. Second, we calculate the PPP GSI for 20 European countries, cluster them and compare similarities and differences in national governmental support of infrastructure PPPs. Third, we
explore the potential link between national institutional index scores and infrastructure PPP activity in the 20 countries. Lastly, we discuss the potential and usefulness of the presented PPP GSI, as well as methodological limitations, and elaborate on how this index might be utilised to
strengthen future comparative research on PPP in transport and other sectors.
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Document Type: Research Article
Research Group on Public Administration and Management, Department of Politics, University of Antwerp, City Campus — Building M, Sint-Jacobstraat 2, 2000, Antwerp, Belgium
Department of Society and Globalisation, University of Roskilde, Universitetsvej 1, Lokale 25.2, DK-4000, Roskilde, Denmark
Department of Economics and Salzburg Center of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg, Residenzplatz 9, 5010, Salzburg, Austria
March 4, 2015
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