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Title


Public and private interests – are there any clashes? The New Karolinska case

Authors


Alexandra Waluszewski
Uppsala University
Sweden
Alexandra Waluszewski ,
Håkan Håkansson
Norwegian School of Management
Norway
Håkan Håkansson and
Ivan Snehota
University of Lugano
Switzerland
Ivan Snehota

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 34th IMP-conference in Marseille, France in 2018.

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Abstract


One of the most salient contemporary societal trend is the increasing amount of public-private collaborations; including public areas that traditionally have been considered as inappropriate to expose to businesses involvement and economic exchange (Sandel, 2012; Rider and Waluszewski, 2015) Besides the general complication of relating civic or public goods; which utilisation should reflect collective interests, to the interests of private firms, there is another important aspect to consider, of main interest in this paper. The motivation the political/policy encouraged public-private collaborations is resting on some specific characteristics that the latter setting is ascribed in stylised neoliberal economic models (Mirowski, 2011; Marglin 2008; Rider and Waluszewski, 2015). Based on neoliberal economists trust in the market as the most efficient information processor; including the understanding of economic exchange as a content-free reaction on the price mechanism, public-private collaborations and other market inspired arrangements are seen as means to make the public setting more efficient and innovative (Mirowski, 2011; Marglin 2008; Rider and Waluszewski, 2015).