Smart governance for innovation by/in PPPs

Date: 20 - 22 November 2016

Venue: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus, Hof van Liere - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Organization / co-organization: Research Group on Public Administration & Management

Short description: Public-Private Partnership Conference Series - Fifth international joint conference in Antwerp

  • Koen Verhoest, Research Group on Public Administration & Management, University of Antwerp;
  • Erik-Hans Klijn, Dept. of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam & Smart Governance Project;
  • Steven Van Garsse, University of Antwerp/Hasselt in cooperation with Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Actore

This is the fifth conference in a series of international public-private partnership conferences, which is a major activity of the International Publicā€Private Partnership Scholars Network (IP3SN). It will focus on the broad theme of Smart governance for innovation by/in PPPs. The first meeting was held in Copenhagen in 2012 (on the theme of “economic advantage”), the second in Vancouver in 2013 (on the theme of “political economic and business strategy”), the third was in Melbourne, Australia in 2014 (on the theme of “the challenge of governance”), the fourth in New York City 2015 (on the theme of “The Public Perception of PPPs”).

These conferences have assembled key scholars and practitioners to examine public policies toward PPPs, to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of this delivery approach, to weigh the empirical evidence against the theoretical advantages of PPPs; and to assess the conditions under which PPPs are likely to be advantageous for government, for citizens and for businesses.

Antwerp November 2016: Theme and Motivation
Public-private partnerships are gaining in popularity as a public infrastructure/service delivery method around the globe. Simultaneously there are increasing calls for the public sector to stimulate innovation in service delivery and infrastructure provision, as well as in broader economic and social sectors. This conference aims to study whether, how and under which conditions PPPs can be  used to bring about innovations in infrastructure and service delivery and policies. On the one hand there is the question how PPPs should be governed to increase their ability to deliver innovative infrastructure and services. On the other hand there is the question how governments can use PPPs to initiate and diffuse innovations across economic and social sectors. Papers for this conference should hence preferably focus on Smart governance for innovation in and by PPPs.