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Internal and External Transparency in Public-Private Partnerships—The Case of Barcelona's Water Provision

Reig, M; Gasco-Hernandez, M; Esteve, M; (2021) Internal and External Transparency in Public-Private Partnerships—The Case of Barcelona's Water Provision. Sustainability , 13 (4) , Article 1777. 10.3390/su13041777. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite the efforts devoted to open government, transparency is mainly considered an issue for public organizations. However, various tasks such as public services delivery and management are being increasingly privatized or outsourced to public-private partnerships (PPPs). Our study aims to contribute towards bridging this gap by answering two research questions: (1) What determines internal and external transparency in PPPs? and (2) To what extent does internal transparency contribute to external transparency? We answer these questions through a qualitative case study, consisting of 38 in-depth interviews, on the transparency in water provision and management in the city of Barcelona. We conclude that in the case of PPPs, transparency goes beyond making data available; thus, politicians and managers must build a narrative around the data they provide that guides citizens and partners in their interpretation of the information. Furthermore, our results show that internal transparency influences external transparency.

Type: Article
Title: Internal and External Transparency in Public-Private Partnerships—The Case of Barcelona's Water Provision
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/su13041777
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041777
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: public-private partnerships; internal transparency; external transparency; water provision and management
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121135
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