Abstracts/chapters are invited for an edited volume on




Dr Nikolai Mouraviev, Senior Lecturer in Management, Dundee Business School, Abertay University, UK,

Professor Nada Kakabadse, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK,


Dr Lei Zhou, Chairman of Shanghai Dragonboat Investment Management Co., Ltd, China.

Publisher: Routledge (TBC)

China’s ‘great leap forward’ urbanisation of the last 30 years resulted in a high and growing demand for basic urban infrastructure, such as roads, railroads, bridges, energy-generating stations and hospitals. The methods China employs to finance urbanisation in the era of rapid changes and transformation are critically important to ensure sustainable growth and economic stability. However, the traditional government-borrowing model has significantly increased local governments’ debts. Central Government strives to attract private investment to finance public infrastructure and increase the volume and quality of public services. Whilst initially most of PPPs were launched in the four sectors–transport, energy, telecommunication, water and sewage, partnerships also proliferated in the social sector (e.g. waste water treatment, hospitals and social housing). PPP has become China’s dominant mode for the delivery of public infrastructure and related services, with more than 13,000 projects launched to date in a spectrum of sectors.

The book aims to investigate the current policy and government regulation of PPPs in China, particularly how PPPs are formed and implemented. We intend to highlight a range of issues related to PPP procurement procedure, partner interaction, financial structure, execution, risk management, and performance monitoring. We also aim to identify the sectors where PPPs are more successful, elucidate the reasons behind their success and show opportunities for investors. As far as China is concerned the topics may include, but not limited to, the following:

                • Government policy regarding PPP development: drivers, underlying dynamics, challenges and constraints;

                • Legal and institutional frameworks for PPPs;

                • Regional differences and commonalities in PPP policy and regulation;

                • The sectors and China’s regions that attract most PPPs;

                • PPP stakeholders, governance structures and arrangements;

                • State-owned organisations and their roles in PPPs;

                • PPPs’ organisational structures and forms;

                • PPP standard delivery procedures;

                • How PPPs are financed, and what are the typical financing schemes;

                • Key issues that require significant interaction between partners in a PPP;

                • The critical issues that arise during PPP implementation and service delivery;

                • The kinds of risk PPPs face in China and how these risks are managed;

                • Management problems that arise during PPP implementation;

                • PPP performance monitoring;

                • PPP critical success factors;

                • PPP failures and lessons learned;

                • PPPs as an investment opportunity (sectors, regions, cities, government support to PPPs).


Contributions that offer insights into the government policy and governance at the national or regional level, as well as empirical studies that draw on experience of certain PPPs are invited. Case studies that demonstrate how PPPs in China are launched, financed and managed are particularly welcome. Of a particular interest are contributions that discuss PPP performance, analyse successful or failed PPP projects, and show what opportunities exist for the Chinese and foreign investors.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract or have any enquiry, please email Dr Nikolai Mouraviev at [log in to unmask] or Dr Lei Zhou at [log in to unmask] and confirm your interest. We would be happy to receive your suggestions and/or answer your queries regarding suitability of your topic.

The first step is to submit an abstract. Please email chapter abstracts (300-500 words) and short bios (100 words) to Dr Nikolai Mouraviev at [log in to unmask] by 30 Mars 2018.

Once chapter abstracts have been collected, the authors will be provided with the guidance regarding a chapter’s structure and formatting requirements. The authors are expected to submit their chapters by 31 October 2018.


Dr Jokull Johannesson DBA, MIBA, PG Cert. RDS, PG Cert. RF, PG Cert. Ach. HE, BA.

Professor Strategy

Institute of Leadership and Strategy

School of Business and Law

University of Agder




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