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A Legitimate Form of Governance? Examining Public-Private Partnerships in International Environmental Politics

Kylsäter, Mikael LU (2011) STVM11 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
What role does multilateral public-private partnerships (PPPs) play in international policymaking? Different forms of public-private interaction are today frequent on the international arena, and environmental politics is one of the policy fields where PPPs are most common. PPPs bring hopes of effective implementation and inclusion of affected stakeholders; while at the same time raise concerns about their democratic credentials.
The overarching aim of this study is to nuance the debate on PPPs in international politics. This will be done in two ways. By a quantitative study of UN’s partnerships for sustainable development and by case studies of three especially interesting PPPs. The quantitative and the qualitative approaches will also... (More)
What role does multilateral public-private partnerships (PPPs) play in international policymaking? Different forms of public-private interaction are today frequent on the international arena, and environmental politics is one of the policy fields where PPPs are most common. PPPs bring hopes of effective implementation and inclusion of affected stakeholders; while at the same time raise concerns about their democratic credentials.
The overarching aim of this study is to nuance the debate on PPPs in international politics. This will be done in two ways. By a quantitative study of UN’s partnerships for sustainable development and by case studies of three especially interesting PPPs. The quantitative and the qualitative approaches will also be used to evaluate the legitimacy of this form of governance.

This study shows that many PPPs are not the effective implementers we have hoped for. We do also find that actors from the industrialised world dominate many PPPs, while at the same time a large majority of them are active in the developing world. This makes us question whether they include affected stakeholders in a satisfactory way. However, we find that many PPPs do a valuable contribution by being deliberative arenas where a wide variety of actors can meet. (Less)
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author
Kylsäter, Mikael LU
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STVM11 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
international relations, public-private partnerships, global governance, international environmental politics, legitimacy
language
English
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1939970
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2011-06-20 15:12:19
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  abstract     = {What role does multilateral public-private partnerships (PPPs) play in international policymaking? Different forms of public-private interaction are today frequent on the international arena, and environmental politics is one of the policy fields where PPPs are most common. PPPs bring hopes of effective implementation and inclusion of affected stakeholders; while at the same time raise concerns about their democratic credentials. 
The overarching aim of this study is to nuance the debate on PPPs in international politics. This will be done in two ways. By a quantitative study of UN’s partnerships for sustainable development and by case studies of three especially interesting PPPs. The quantitative and the qualitative approaches will also be used to evaluate the legitimacy of this form of governance.
 
This study shows that many PPPs are not the effective implementers we have hoped for. We do also find that actors from the industrialised world dominate many PPPs, while at the same time a large majority of them are active in the developing world. This makes us question whether they include affected stakeholders in a satisfactory way. However, we find that many PPPs do a valuable contribution by being deliberative arenas where a wide variety of actors can meet.},
  author       = {Kylsäter, Mikael},
  keyword      = {international relations,public-private partnerships,global governance,international environmental politics,legitimacy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Legitimate Form of Governance? Examining Public-Private Partnerships in International Environmental Politics},
  year         = {2011},
}