Experiences with Public–Private Partnerships in Sweden: Balancing Collaboration and Competition

Anders Kristoffersson, Andrej Christian Lindholst, Bengt Persson, Thomas Barfoed Randrup

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In Sweden, managerial and organisational reforms of municipal park and road departments were initiated systematically in the 1980s. This chapter discloses a unique approach to contracting park and road services within a Scandinavian context in a case study in Täby Municipality. The approach included a long-term public–private partnership, embedded the contract in a policy framework for park services and formed part of a larger strategy to make Täby Municipality an attractive place in which to live within the overall metropolitan area in Stockholm. The Täby case reflects a strategic and collaborative approach to contracting and illuminates practical experiences with such approaches, but also represents an approach to collaboration focusing only on the relationship between purchaser and service provider and excluding any active involvement of users and citizens. An analysis of the process of a contract renewal contributes also to the understanding of how this unique contract develops over time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarketization in Local Governments: Diffusion and Evolution in Scandinavia and England
EditorsAndrej Christian Lindholst, Morten Balle Hansen
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dateFeb 2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-32477-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-303-32478-0
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • marketization
  • privatization
  • partnership
  • contracting out
  • Sweden
  • case study


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