De-marginalising the public in PPP projects through multi-stakeholders management

Henjewele, Christian and Fewings, Peter and Rwelamila, Pantaleo D. (2013) De-marginalising the public in PPP projects through multi-stakeholders management. Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 18 (3). pp. 210-231. ISSN 1366-4387

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Purpose: This paper takes a critical look at the process of multi-stakeholder consultation and management in a PPP project environment and attempts to fill gaps in the existing literature. It considers the various problems encountered on PPP initiatives around the world that have eventually led to public opposition and failure of some PPP projects. The paper tackles two interconnected aspects: definition of the principal project stakeholder (PPS) and the management of the principal project stakeholder (MPPS), as a multi-stakeholder. Design/methodology/approach: The paper critically analyses the existing theory and practice on project stakeholder management through case studies and other sources and establishes the uniqueness of a PPP project environment, which influences PPP multi-stakeholder management approaches. Findings: the paper highlights current tensions and public protests across Africa, North and South America, Australasia and Europe around PPP projects, which seem to be centred on public stakeholders’ marginalisation. It finds that the public outcry across continents is characterised by a marginalised public who are crying out for full information on the more widely used PPP projects. Social/Practical implications: The paper advocates for a paradigm shift by accepting multi-stakeholding as central to PPP project management. The paper proposes a multi-stakeholder management model, which will move the public from the margins of the PPP project space to the centre where fundamental decisions are made from conception to facility ownership and operation. Originality/value: The paper takes a pragmatic approach to the problem of exclusion of the public in PPP projects. The paper is one of few publications in the PPP literature that bring the public to the centre of PPP project processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Conceptual model, Engaging the public, Multi-stakeholders management, Public-Private Partnerships, Stakeholder's theory
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Mohammed Gohrabian
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 10:57
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 14:53

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