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Protecting the public interest in public private partnerships for the delivery of very large transport projects: The case of Athens Ring Road

Kaparos, G; (2005) Protecting the public interest in public private partnerships for the delivery of very large transport projects: The case of Athens Ring Road. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The dissertation will try to investigate if the involvement of the private sector through a Public Private Partnership for the development of Athens Ring Road has led to a socially just solution that serves the public interest In the first major part of the dissertation, special focus is put on critically presenting the specific issues in the literature of Public Private Partnerships for infrastructure development and particularly toll highways that relate to the perspective from which the case study will be studied. In the following major part of this dissertation, a number of specific factors that determined the Public Private Partnership, its terms and its outcome are going to be analysed in an attempt to evaluate, after one year of the roads operation, the degree to which public interest has been safeguarded. This study does not aim to argue against the potential of serious benefits that private sectors involvement can offer but emphasize on some critical issues that are endemic in the planning and governance of mega transport projects and threaten the realization of those benefits through complex Public Private Partnerships. A central concern of this study is the role and responsibility of the government in achieving maximum public gain and the nature of the impediments that hindered its efforts. Therefore, the extent to which real road-transport needs are met in a fair, effective, economical and environmentally friendly way will be discussed and the insight into the projects governance and the policy implications regarding the level of public participation, transparency and competition will be a major challenge of this dissertation.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Protecting the public interest in public private partnerships for the delivery of very large transport projects: The case of Athens Ring Road
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569714
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