Complexity and responsibilities in the public-private partnership. Considerations from an Italian case study (Draft version - to be improved)

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Research Projects
Organizational Units
Journal Issue
Since the 90’s, urban projects based on partnerships between different kinds of stakeholders, both market or public-oriented, were spreading in the European Countries in order to face EU policies. In the current economic and financial context, these experiences are becoming more relevant than ever with their complexity, fuzziness and multiple-player nature. Therefore it seems now crucial to understand limits and possibilities of PPP’s projects (notably about urban regeneration) and the issue of balancing contraction of public finances and private stakeholders’ involvement. In this framework, the paper presents investigations about the nature of each “P” involved in the process by the analysis of a case study in urban regeneration in Italy which has shown negatives features, especially considering the role played by the public administration. Particular attention has been paid to understand how the allocation of risks and responsibilities and the definition of the final purpose affected the final outputs and outcomes. The paper argues that PPPs need to be analysed beyond biased literature and useless generalization, setting up a sort of database of practical experiences, examined and classified also through the point of view of practitioners, in order to relate outcomes with institutional environment, typology of partnership, role of each stakeholder, relationship between public interest and private benefits.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
All rights reserved