Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have come to public attention in recent years in Ireland with the impact of toll roads, the collapse of social-housing projects and their use in the provision of courts buildings, schools, water/waste water treatment plants, hospitals, light rail and other public infrastructure and services.
This book provides a ground breaking and unique analysis of the development of such PPPs internationally, with a detailed focus on the rationale behind their introduction and outcomes in Ireland.
The detailed evidence outlined from the author's extensive research (including interviews with senior central and government officials, private sector, community and trade union representatives and the Irish Minister for Environment) highlights the important role PPPs are playing in the implementation of privatisation and neoliberalism.
The book also provides considerable practical lessons from individual PPP projects.
It is therefore an essential read for students, academics of politics, economics, sociology, geography and policy practitioners in Ireland, and further afield.
It is of considerable interest to anyone concerned with the progress of Irish society, its economy and, indeed public services and governance internationally. -- .