(June 2011) Relational arrangements in Public Private Partnership (PPP): A case study on Highway Development in India
Transparency is the catchword in the era of Neoliberalism. Transparency, most commonly defined as openness in government's working way, is the pre-requisite for private sector investment in neoliberal development, advancing nation's economy through building world-class infrastructure. Since private sector's participation is inevitable for development of such ‘world-class' infrastructure, their demand for transparency as opposed to government's secrecy is internationally prioritized. In order to provide an investment-friendly environment, on one hand, nation states ensure potential investor's easy access to information supported by technological advancement; on the other hand, they ensure citizen's right to information on government's working way by changing legal framework. However, such universally adopted technical approach towards transparency pragmatically restricts its nature only to disclosure of information. Recently questions have been raised on whether such technical approach could create a culture of openness. Considering the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model as a tool advocating neoliberal development by building world-class infrastructure, this study aims to investigate the restricted nature of transparency operationalized by the technical approach adopted in the model and hence evaluate how such an approach can (or cannot) create a culture of openness.