Stages of PPP and principal–agent conflicts: the Swedish water and sewerage sector

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The focus of this article is on public–private partnerships (PPPs). The aim is to both theoretically and empirically illustrate PPP agency problems in four PPP stages, as well as to identify potentially relevant solutions to the agency problems. The study employed a longitudinal case study of one PPP in a municipality in southern Sweden. Through an analysis based on interviews, observations, and documents, the study illustrates a number of agency problems faced by PPPs and highlights the importance of resource allocation, stakeholder management, and the creation of a common identity in reducing these problems.


External organisations
  • Kristianstad University
Research areas and keywords

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  • Business Administration


  • agency theory, longitudinal study, public–private partnership, Swedish water and sewerage industry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-129
Number of pages30
JournalPublic Performance & Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018 Jan 2
Publication categoryResearch