The Role and Significance of Public-Private Partnerships in the Republic of Croatia: Selected Examples Cover Image

Uloga i značaj javno - privatnog partnerstva u Republici Hrvatskoj: izabrani primjeri
The Role and Significance of Public-Private Partnerships in the Republic of Croatia: Selected Examples

Author(s): Ivana Barković Bojanić, Marijana Širić
Subject(s): Economy, National Economy, Business Economy / Management, Human Resources in Economy
Published by: Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku, Ekonomski fakultet u Osijeku
Keywords: public-private partnership; principles of public-private partnership; public sector; elements of permanent partnership;

Summary/Abstract: A public-private partnership is a long-term contractual partner relationship between the public and private sector which may involve financing, design, construction, operation and/or maintenance of infrastructure and/or provision of services by the private sector which is traditionally procured and provided by the public sector. This model is gaining popularity in our modern age when governments are facing the challenge of protecting the public interest on one hand and meeting different (individualized) needs of the citizens on the other. Citizens´ expectations are rising together with the demand for better quality and more affordable public services. Moreover, the confidence citizens have in their government and leaders depends to a large extent on the quality of the services they provide. Therefore, the role and significance of public-private partnership is becoming increasingly important, as can be seen from contemporary academic works dealing with law and economics that discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this public policy model. The purpose of this paper is to offer a short theoretical insight into the role and significance of the public private partnership, especially in Croatia. In this paper several examples of the applied models of public-private partnership in the Republic of Croatia will be presented. There are also suggestions based on theoretical and practical analysis, especially from a legal and institutional point of view, of how to improve the application of this model in order to ensure a more efficient and effective way of providing public products and services.

  • Issue Year: 23/2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 184-201
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Croatian