European economic development partnerships-the case of the Eastern Scotland European partnership

McQuaid, Ronald W and Christy, B (1999) European economic development partnerships-the case of the Eastern Scotland European partnership. In: V International Conference on Public-Private Partnerships,, 26th - 29th May 1999, Cork, Ireland.

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Partnerships are crucial to regional and local economic development. There is a need for greater understanding about the real operations of such partnerships in order to improve their efficiency and effectiveness and to understand the appropriateness of different forms of partnership in different circumstances. This paper describes the first part of an analysis of these questions using a survey of participants of the East of Scotland European Partnership. It considers the partners’ views of the role of the partnership and seeks to apply a framework for analysing partnerships and considers its advantages and disadvantages from the perspectives of the participants.

Major advantages of the Partnership were more effective projects and improved implementation, together with greater accountability, co-ordination budget enlargement and strategy formulation. The perceived disadvantages were considerably less significant. The two greatest disadvantages were bureaucracy costs and the skewing of projects towards those eligible for funding rather than those likely to make the greatest contribution towards local economic development. The paper indicates a notable divergence in views of different partners (based upon factors such as sector, location, aims). Both theoretically and empirically such differing perspectives must be fully analysed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: public private partnerships; economic development; regional; local; East of Scotland European Partnership;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 337 International economics
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 332 Financial economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Item ID: 2770
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 14:19
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 14:10

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