Public–Private Partnerships in Urban Regeneration Projects: Organizational Form or Managerial Capacity?

Authors


Michiel Kort is a senior researcher in the Department of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
E-mail:kort@fsw.eur.nl

Erik-Hans Klijn is a professor in the Department of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
E-mail:klijn@fsw.eur.nl

Abstract

Urban regeneration companies (URCs) are public-private entities appearing across Europe. They are created specifically to manage and implement more effectively urban regeneration projects. Core ideas behind the establishment of these newly emerging partnerships aim to tackle the challenging process of restructuring these organizations so as to function at arm’s length from political oversight. However, contemporary literature on governance suggests that organizational form may be less a factor than managerial capability. Using survey data obtained from individuals who are heavily involved in Dutch urban regeneration partnerships, this article points out why twin URC organizational characteristics, i.e., functioning at arm’s length from politics plus its tight organizational format, are not significant to their effective performance. Instead, use of multiple management strategies is ultimately more relevant to their effective performance.

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