Institutional sources of distrust in government contracting: A comparison between home-based and residential social services in Spain

Angel Saz-Carranza, Albert Serra

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Abstract

This interview-based study explores trust in public-private co-operation by addressing the research questions: What are the main sources of distrust in public-private contracting? And why? We compare two Spanish social services subfields: one with high levels of cross-sector distrust and another one with low distrust between public and private sectors. We conclude that the sources of the identified cross-sector distrust are institutional: insufficient regulation and legislation, lack of business certification, and low local government administrative capacity. The article is a pioneering exploration of the under-researched theme of institutional distrust and its effect on public-private co-operation management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-279
Number of pages17
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Contracting
  • Public-private co-operation
  • Qualitative
  • Social services
  • Trust

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