This interview-based study explores trust in public-private cooperation 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 no distrust between public and private sectors.
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 cooperation management.
This research is a product of the Research Group on Innovation and Leadership in Public Management and has counted with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC SEJ2006-00961).
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