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PartnershipsMachines of possibility$
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Niels Akerstrom Andersen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420268

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420268.001.0001

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Partnerships as second-order contracts

Partnerships as second-order contracts

(p.97) Six Partnerships as second-order contracts

Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen

Policy Press

First-order contracts make external reference to an externally defined legal order. Second-order contracts create preconditions and premises for future promises. First-order contracts focus on exchange. The issue is what is to be exchanged, for example, money for building maintenance. In contrast, second-order contracts focus on development. These are about joint projects for development, for example, which hospital is to be developed in the future, which highway to be built around a city, or how to extend collaboration. The shift from first-order to second-order contracts is an expression of more than simply a more-or-less-random historical variation of the phenomenon of contract. This chapter presents the definitions of partnership, a step-by-step illustration of the process, and the first- and second-order temporal dimension.

Keywords:   partnership, contract, exchange, development

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