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Isomorphism: An Explanation for the Popularity of Public-Private Partnerships?

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Connolly, Ciaran, Reeves, Eoin and Wall, Anthony (2009) Isomorphism: An Explanation for the Popularity of Public-Private Partnerships? The Irish Accounting Review, 16 (1). pp. 1-19. [Journal article]

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While Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a popular public policy tool, there is evidence to suggest that they often fail to deliver value for money, a key objective. Focusing on the use of PPPs in education in Ireland, this paper draws on perspectives from institutional and isomorphic theories to illuminate the use of PPPs as a modernisation tool of government. It finds that, while the adoption of PPPs has been characterised by difficulties, policy makers persist with its use. This is attributed to coercive isomorphic pressures in the case of Northern Ireland and mimetic isomorphic pressures in the Republic of Ireland.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School
Ulster Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:5893
Deposited By:Mr Anthony Wall
Deposited On:19 Jan 2010 11:28
Last Modified:04 Oct 2012 16:14

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