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North/South infrastructure development via cross‐border PPP mechanisms

Joan Henderson (School of Management and Economics, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK)
Eileen McGloin (Intertrade Ireland, Newry, Ireland)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



Both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland governments recognise the current infrastructural deficits in their respective jurisdictions which, if not addressed, will undermine the future economic prosperity of both regions. This paper considers the adoption of a collaborative approach on the island to addressing the deficit, using public private partnerships (PPP) as the delivery vehicle. It presents a critical perspective of the challenges and opportunities posed by adopting such a cross‐border approach. Whilst PPPs have the potential to bring about North‐South co‐operation, bridge gaps in infrastructure capacity and facilitate the advancement of sectoral knowledge, their adoption on a cross border basis will require significant reorganisation and change at administrative and sectoral levels. This review concludes that governments and construction sector representatives in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have still some work to do in order to enhance the capability and readiness of public and private partners to evolve an all‐island PPP infrastructure development approach.



Henderson, J. and McGloin, E. (2004), "North/South infrastructure development via cross‐border PPP mechanisms", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 389-413.



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