Resources on public-private partnerships
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A Corporate Europe Observatory and Transnational Institute website that is tracking the wave of remunicipalisations in the water sector.
The European Investment Bank's European PPP Expertise Centre, aimed more at promoting PPPs but provides useful statistics and resources.
George Monbiot was one of the first people to bring the wider issues around the Private Finance Initiative to the public in the UK.
Allyson Pollock is one of the UK's foremost PPP critics, focusing on health care policy.
The Public Services Research Unit International (PSIRU) researches the privatisation and restructuring of public services around the world, with special focus on water, energy, waste management and healthcare.
The UNISON UK public services trade union offers analysis of the UK Private Finance Initiative.
The Global Union Research Network (GURN) is a platform for trade unionists and researchers dealing with the challenges of globalization from a labour perspective. Their website includes an extensive section on PPPs.
Waterjustice.org is a platform for discussions on alternatives to water privatisation and how to finance public water. Their website offers a selection of resources on water PPPs.
Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand (common goods in citizens' hands) is a German association fighting against privatisation of the commons of our society. In a dedicated PPP section on their website, GiB publishes statements, news and reports concerning (mostly, but not exclusively) German public-private partnerships.
Gayle Allard and Amanda Trabant, Instituto de Empresa, Spain:
Public-Private Partnerships In Spain: Lessons And Opportunities (pdf)
International Business & Economics Research Journal
February 2008, Volume 7, Number 2
Review of lessons from completed EIB projects financed by the EIB (pdf)
Andreas Brenck, Thorsten Beckers, Maria Heinrich, and Christian von Hirschhausen
Public-private partnerships in new EU member countries of Central and Eastern Europe (pdf)
EIB Papers, Volume 10, No. 2, 2005
Katharina Gassner, Alexander Popov and Nataliya Pushak
Does Private Sector Participation Improve Performance in Electricity and Water Distribution? (pdf)
World Bank / PPFIAF
Database of Failed Privatisation Projects in Water Supply and Sanitation (pdf)
Armin Riess et al
Innovative financing of infrastructure –
the role of public-private partnerships: Lessons from the early movers (pdf)
EIB Papers Volume 10 No 2, 2005
Campbell Thomson, Judith Goodwin
Evaluation of PPP projects financed by the EIB (pdf)
European Investment Bank
UK House of Commons Public Accounts Committee
Eighty-First Report: Equity Investment in privately financed projects
18 April 2012
UK House of Commons Transport Committee:
The London Underground and the Public–Private Partnership Agreements
Second Report of Session 2007–08 (pdf)
16 January 2008 (An update from March 2010 is available here.)
UK House of Commons Treasury Select Committee
Seventeenth Report: Private Finance Initiative
18 July 2011
UK National Audit Office
Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General: Procurement of the M25 private finance contract
19 November 2010
UK National Audit Office
The Operational Performance of PFI Prisons
18 June 2003
Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain
Pan Books, October 2003
- a little out of date now but gives a highly readable account of some of the UK's most shocking PPPs. More up to date commentaries on PPPs can be found at www.monbiot.com
Down The Tube, The Battle for London’s Underground
Aurum Press, November 2002
- an in-depth critique of the London Underground PPP which correctly foresaw its demise. Several updates since the book have appeared are available on Christian's website