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Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships: Towards a More Decentralised Policy

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  • Mário Rui Silva

    () (CEDRES, Faculdade de Economia do Porto)

  • Hermano Rodrigues

    () (Faculdade de Economia do Porto)

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Public-private partnerships are a recent instrument for social and economic development policies. A more decentralised policy is supposed to increase focus and effectiveness and to involve agencies that are closer to firms and that have a more narrow range of objectives. In this contribution, we analyse the pattern of the so-called PIP (Partnerships and Public Initiatives) projects, approved between 2000 and the 30th June of 2003 in the framework of the Portuguese Operational Program for the Economy. By using HOMALS and K-means cluster analysis, we were able to characterise the decentralisation pattern and to identify typical clusters for the PIP projects. The results show clearly that a greater decentralisation is linked to partnerships while public initiatives are closer to the conventional pattern of public intervention. The results also show that partnerships are mainly focused in specific sectors and / or in specific regions, being conducted by private agencies that have chiefly a sectoral or regional nature. However, we have observed a trade-off between policy decentralization and structural change goals because decentralization has originated a bias towards the present more representative sectors. Also, decentralization has generated an extremely unequal access of local economies to the PIP instrument, favoring the more developed areas of the country.

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  • Mário Rui Silva & Hermano Rodrigues, 2005. "Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships: Towards a More Decentralised Policy," FEP Working Papers 171, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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    1. Argentino Pessoa & Mário Rui Silva, 2009. "Environment Based Innovation: Policy Questions," FEP Working Papers 308, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
    2. Cherevykov, Ievgen, 2013. "Institutional environment for public-private partnership in Ukraine:Do institutions really matter?," MPRA Paper 62110, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Public-private partnerships; Competitiveness policy; Decentralization;

    JEL classification:

    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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