Distance creation under financial smokescreen

Jukka Mattila, Markus Häyhtiö

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This paper studies, how public private partnerships are legitimized mainly through rhetoric about cost savings, although evidence from crisis management shows limited savings ifany. The paper is based on an empirical analysis of literary sources of governmental reports, open source intelligence reports, and official documentation. As a comparative case study, this study follows the conventions of Grounded Theory and qualitative content analysis. The findings show, how the ambiguous use of public private partnerships in the military context offers a grey area to nations to achieve their domestic and foreign policy goals using military force. Additionally, successful and unsuccessful public private partnership cases have a diversified legitimation base. Concerning the successful cases, the basic principles of public private partnership are followed. The unsuccessful cases showed in the clear manner the avoidance of basic principles of transparency. In these cases the distance creation (public) combined with opportunities to gain financial benefits (private) were the main motivations behind public private partnerships. This paper contributes to institutional theory by showing how rigid military structures may encounter changes that are justified by ad hoc political vocabulary. Keywords: public private partnership, military economics, private military companies, performance based contracting
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th Biennial Conference of ERGOMAS
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventERGOMAS Biennial Conference: Military Studies in a post-truth society: Challenges and perspectives - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 17 Jun 201921 Jun 2019
Conference number: 15


ConferenceERGOMAS Biennial Conference


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