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Public infrastructure procurement: A review of adversarial and non-adversarial contracting methods

Michael Regan (School of Sustainable Development and Architecture, Bond University, Australia.)
Peter E.D. Love (School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Australia.)
Jim Jim (School of Sustainable Development and Architecture, Bond University, Australia.)

Journal of Public Procurement

ISSN: 1535-0118

Article publication date: 1 March 2015

Abstract

Adversarial contracting methods are used for most public infrastructure procurement and timely delivery on budget remains a problem. In the past 20 years, OECD countries have adopted a number of alternative procurement methods that are based on collaborative principles including public private partnerships, long-term outsourcing arrangements and relationship/alliance contracts. We review the theoretical principles that operate for both adversarial and collaborative contracting methods. We identify the characteristics of non-adversarial contracting methods such as the output specification, qualitative selection criteria, the alignment of incentives, discrete allocation of residual control rights, life cycle costing, and risk-weighted value for money measurement that are delivering better procurement outcomes for government.

Citation

Regan, M., Love, P.E.D. and Jim, J. (2015), "Public infrastructure procurement: A review of adversarial and non-adversarial contracting methods", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 405-438. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOPP-15-04-2015-B001

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