PARTNERS Program Publications


"Relatos PARTNERS” is published in Catalan or Spanish and is the main collection of publications on private-public partnerships (PPP) in the PARTNERS Program. It was established when the Program was set up and its purpose is to provide exhaustive, detailed research and analysis in the PPP field.

Report No. 12 (2018): 'The Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies'

The fifth edition ‘The Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies’, published in collaboration with La Unió, presents three successful experiences in the field of public-private collaboration. In this edition, the cases presented are the "Project of public purchase of innovation in the field of cardiology service of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau", which aims to implement a comprehensive service for patients with implanted defibrillator devices that guarantee the efficiency of the healthcare procedure through the use of digital technologies (promoted by Hospital de la Santa Creu and Sant Pau, in collaboration with the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia, Medtronic and St. Jude Medical). The "Mosaic Program", which aims to improve the quality of life of people with mental health problems in Central Catalonia (promoted by: the Hospital of Sant Joan de Déu, Dominican Sisters of the Convent of Santa Clara, the Germà Tomàs Canet Foundation, the Althaia Foundation and the City of Manresa). Finally, the "Game Over Program", which aims to reduce the incidence of traffic accidents in Catalonia by raising awareness among young people of driving age (driven by the Guttmann Institute Foundation and the Catalan Traffic Service).


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Report No. 11 (2015): 'Observatory on Public-Private Partnerships in Elderly Care'

This second edition of the report, published in collaboration with La Unió, examines two experiences that illustrate the potential of public-private partnerships to provide improvements and opportunities in the elderly care sector and to address the social needs of elderly people and their families. The report describes the case of the elderly care facility Residència L’Onada Deltebre, operated by the company Onada Serveis in partnership with the municipal government of Deltebre. It also describes the case of an app that improves communication between the care personnel at Centre Residencial La Torrassa and the families of its residents, which was created and implemented by the company Smart Technologies Development in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.


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Report No. 10 (2015): ‘The Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies'

Published in collaboration with La Unió, this issue includes two case studies: “The validation project of the technique of selective sentinel node biopsy in Girona Health Region” and “The integrated service of critical care patient implanted in Sabadell between the Health Corporation Parc Taulí and the Catalonia General Hospital”.


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Report No. 9 (2013): 'Observatory on Public-Private Partnerships in Elderly Care'

Published In collaboration with the Associació Catalana de Recursos Assistencials, this report highlights the specific issues involved in the leadership and management of public-private partnerships with regard to care resources, structural and contextual determinants, accountability, assessing and evaluating public-private partnerships initiatives, and the temporal and procedural dynamics thereof. It does this via two case studies: ‘The local home telecare service in the province of Barcelona: efficiency, innovation and networking with municipal social services’ and ‘Residential care teams: a primary care provision model for homes for the elderly in Barcelona’.


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Report No. 8 (2012): ‘The Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies’

Published in collaboration with La Unió, this issue includes three case studies: ‘The case of multi-centre radiation therapy oncology services with public-private cooperation’, ‘Comprehensive management of social and healthcare resources in the region of Pla de l’Estany’ and ‘The automotive and health sectors, partners in innovation: a new device for pectus excavatum’. The case studies involve a wide variety of types of public-private interaction and cooperation, a clear indicator of the synergy between the two sectors in the field of health. They moreover share three key features: the existence of a strong public sector with other permanent capabilities, the development of a clear and targeted strategy, and mutual trust among stakeholders.


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Report No. 7 (2012): ‘Public-private Partnerships in local tax management: the case of CGI’

The CGI case explores public-private partnership (PPP) on government services for the implementation of public-private partnerships strategies for managing local taxes. The case examines the compatibility of the tax service with private-sector management, the areas and services offered by the tax authorities that are suitable for private collaboration, how PPP processes might be undertaken in these areas, and how to define the parameters for engaging in PPP on tax management.


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Report No. 6 (2011): ‘Public-private partnerships: a commitment to the future for Barcelona’

The report presents the talk given by Xavier Trias, former Mayor of Barcelona, within the framework of the PARTNERS Program. In his talk, Mr. Trias describes public-private partnerships as a commitment to the future for Barcelona and lays out strategic lines and key actions for this type of collaboration in relation to managing the city and its metropolitan area.


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Report No. 5 (2010): 'The Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies'

Published in collaboration with La Unió, this fifth issue is the second product of research of the ‘Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies’. It gathers two examples of public-private partnerships which highlight the acquired knowledge and the social changes occurring in this field. Besides these two examples, this fifth issue illustrates Prof. Longo's main insights on public-private partnerships.


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Report No. 4 (2009): 'The Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies'

‘The Observatory for Public-Private Partnerships in Health and Social Policies’ is published in collaboration with La Unió and presents three singular cases in the social and health field: Laboratori CatLab; X-Ray Imatek; Centre de Vida Independent.


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Report No. 3 (2009): 'The Strategic Agreement for the Enhancement of Catalonian Competitiveness. A Public-Private Case Covering Negotiation and Commitment Follow-up'

This issue presents the content and management of the Strategic Pact on Internationalisation, Quality Employment and Competitiveness in the Catalan Economy. It reflects on the scope for pacts on public policies and for social dialogue. These go beyond traditional intruments for three reasons: (1) the scope for negotiation is much wider and goes beyond labour market issues; (2) the pact goes into considerable detail and qualification; (3) it establishes commitments that make it a unique formula for co-operation in this field.


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Report No. 2 (2008): 'Better Regulation. An Inescapable Strategy'

This issue focuses on regulation as a mechanism for fostering measures that are consistent with sectoral public policy objectives. Two debates are opened here: the first covers the level of regulation and the second the quality of regulatory processes. The discussion helps foster the development of regulatory systems that meet public policy objectives whilst minimising red tape for citizens and companies. Here, it should be borne in mind that rigid application of norms can be counter-productive and may stifle rather than further competitiveness.


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Report No. 1 (2008): 'The Case of Bages Regional Planning Projects. The Complexity of Public-Private Partnerships in Furthering Regional Development'

This first issue in the Relatos PARTNERS collection deals with Bages county’s experience of regional development planning. The publication covers aspects such as increasing land use by low added value business activities and the nature of the Bages Regional Plan (PTB), which is a highly innovative project in Catalonia in the public-private partnership field.


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Below, you can see the PARTNERS studies published:

PARTNERS Study No. 3: Information and communication technologies as drivers of public sector transformation: challenges and opportunities

The third PARTNERS study offers a series of specialized articles on information and communication technologies as tools for transforming the public sector. A variety of experts contributed to the study, which moreover identifies future challenges and opportunities.


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PARTNERS Study No. 2: Reflections on public-private partnerships. Monograh: Public-private partnerships in the health sector

The second PARTNERS Study offers a compilation of articles by a variety of experts with extensive experience in the analysis of public-private partnerships, with special emphasis on the health sector.


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PARTNERS Annual Report 2010. Realities and Prospectives of Public-Private Partnerships

December 2010


The 2010 PARTNERS Annual Report presents a collection of articles on different aspects of public-private partnerships written by professionals with extensive experience in co-operative projects and public-private initiatives.


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Other PARTNERS Publications

PARTNERS Program Report (2008-2011)

Paradox and Collaboration in Network Management. Año 2010

July 2010


This research study looks at how network managers act to achieve successful collaboration, meet challenges, and attain the desired outcomes. The analysis is based on two urban immigration groups in the US. Both managers’ actions and the way they respond to both internal and external demands in their collaboration networks are studied.


In Praise of Public-Private Partnerships. Albert Serra & Angel Saz-Carranza. 2010

July 12th, 2010


Opinion article published in the Cinco Días business newspaper. It covers public-private partnerships as a vital, powerful instrument for implementing public policies. The authors give the two main reasons for the rising popularity of PPP, namely: (1) exploitation of specialised technical and management capabilities; (2) a separation between principal (public administration) and agent (company) that enhances efficiency and the rigour with which contracts are drawn up.

Sources of distrust in public-private partnerships. Albert Serra & Angel Saz-Carranza. 2009

May 2009


This study explores trust in public-private partnerships and answers the research questions, which among other things, focus on the sources of and reasons for distrust in these relationships. The study also examines two sub-fields of the Spanish social services – one exhibiting high inter-sectoral distrust, and the other little distrust. The article is well worth reading giving that it is a pioneering contribution on the subject of a hitherto little-studied subject, namely institutional distrust and its impact on managing private-public partnerships.

"The Work of Leadership Formal Coalitions - Embracing Paradox for Collaboration". Sonia Ospina & Angel Saz-Carranza. 2009

November 2009


This book: includes the latest research on fundamental questions on leadership in the social care field; analyses collaborative leadership and the importance of job development; explores the main supervisory, management and leadership disciplines; examines a learning framework for social care provision.

Case Study for the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Management of a PPP company: PTB. 2009

May 2009


This case presents a regional development initiative, which is the first of its kind between a regional savings bank and a local council. Together with other public and private players, the bank and local government set up a mixed public-private company to carry out strategic projects for fostering economic activities and initiatives. The case focuses on the interaction between private and public parts of the partnership and on the problems that may arise from collaboration between different sectors.