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Privatisation and PPP Research Cluster

Research Focus     
Policy issues across infrastructure sectors, including privatisation, de-regulation, market liberalisation, and public private partnerships (PPPs). Policy issues include the economic and social effects of such policies (including impacts on workers, consumers, investors and communities); their corporate governance aspects; management of the alternative processes, legal dimensions and governance aspects (including the accountability of decision makers to citizens and organisations in different national and international settings).
Pertinent publications to date:
  • Palcic, D. and E. Reeves (2011) Privatisation in Ireland: Lessons from a European Economy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan [Click here for more information]
Refereed Journal Articles
  • Palcic, D. and E. Reeves (2015) “Privatization and the Economic Performance of Irish Sugar/Greencore”, Applied Economics, available online. DOI
  • Reeves, E. (2015) "A Review of the PPP Experience in Ireland: Lessons for Comparative Policy Analysis", Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, available online. DOI
  • Reeves, E., Palcic, D. and D. FLannery (2015) "PPP Procurement in Ireland: An Analysis of Tendering Periods", Local Government Studies, 41(3), pp. 379-400. DOI
  • McCarthy, D. and D. Palcic (2012) “The Impact of Large-scale Employee Share Ownership Plans on Labour Productivity: The Case of Eircom”, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(17), pp. 3710-3724. DOI
  • Palcic, D. and E. Reeves (2011) "Privatization, Employee Share Ownership and Governance: The Case of Eircom", Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 82(4), pp. 437-454. DOI
  • McCarthy, D., Reeves, E.and T. Turner (2011) "Changing the Rules of the Game: The Impact of Privatization on Firm Industrial Relations", Public Management Review, 13(6), pp. 845-860. DOI
  • Reeves, E. and J. Ryan, 2007, "Piloting Public Private Partnerships: Expensive Lessons from Ireland's Schools Sector", Public Money and Management, 27(5), pp. 331-337. DOI
International or other external links
  • In March 2015 a Strategic Alliance between the Privatisation and PPP Research Group at UL and the Cornell Programme for Infrastructure Policy was agreed.  This follows three years of collaboration between the two research centres which hitherto have included a jointly held seminar in 2013, faculty exchange and joint research.  The Strategic Alliance formalises and strengthens links between the institutions and will focus on four pillars of activity.  First, it will facilitate joint research around infrastructure policy.  This will include collaboration on research projects and grant applications.  Second, it will involve faculty exchange between alliance members.  Third, the strategic alliance will organise a series of conferences on Infrastructure Policy and PPP.  The first conference took place in New York in September 2015.  This will be followed by similar events at Southwest Jiaotong University (China), Universitat de Barcelona and the University of Limerick. 
Since 2008 P4 has been a member of the Newpen network which subsequently evolved into an international research project on the future of public enterprises led by CIRIEC's International Scientific Commission on Public Services/Public Enterprises. [Note - CIRIEC - International Center of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy]