French Public - Private Partnerships (PPPs) law and culture

A. Maniatis, A. Vassilakou


The present paper deals with the Public - Private Partnerships (PPP)in French law and their application in the field of culture. The concession model is a traditional mechanism of public constructions and public services delivery. France has operationally privatized its economy through this scheme, which therefore constitutes a significant tool of State interventionism. The recent similar tool, the PPP contract, has more similarities than differences against it. Some States, particularly France, have created and developed their own museums over the last three centuries and enhanced their heritage treasure, in a way opposite to the concession and to the PPP, although PPP has recently been in use. So, museums management is symmetrical to the public infrastructures one, from which it has started to borrow the PPP tool.It is recommended on international scale to systematically correlate, in law as well as in practice, sponsorship contracts to PPP contracts. Besides, PPP should respond to needs in scientific research, security guarding servicesfor museums and archaeological sites as well as sustainable development projects.


Concession, Public - Private Partnership (PPP) contracts, French legislation, cultural technical works and services, museums, cultural sponsorship.

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