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Solving procurement problems in public transport: Examining multi-principal roles in relation to effective control mechanisms
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6480-8752
2010 (English)In: Research in Transportation Economics, ISSN 0739-8859, Vol. 29, no 1, 124-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the EU’s increasing role in regulating public transport procurement, few studies have considered this aspect when analysing procurement problems of public transport. This paper examines how the institutional relationships between different actors, including international governmental bodies, in public transport effects the possibility of exerting control over a county public transport authority (PTA) in a multi-principal setting. The analysis is carried out using empirical material from an infringement process including a Swedish PTA and the EU. The conclusions have clear policy implications for the procedural order when exerting control over the PTA in cases of procurement problems. It is for example shown, that the implementation process would be much more efficient if the regulations allowed the EU to impose sanctions directly towards the local authorities without having to involve the national government when the procurement laws are violated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2010. Vol. 29, no 1, 124-132 p.
Keyword [en]
Public transport, Public procurement, Infringement, Principal-agent, European Union
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59568DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2010.07.016OAI: diva2:352533
Available from: 2010-09-21 Created: 2010-09-21 Last updated: 2013-10-09Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Public Procurement at the Local Government Level: Actor roles, discretion and constraints in the implementation of public transport goals
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Public Procurement at the Local Government Level: Actor roles, discretion and constraints in the implementation of public transport goals
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Offentlig upphandling på lokal nivå : Aktörs roller, handlingsutrymme och begränsningar vid implementering av kollektivtrafik mål
Abstract [en]

The overall purpose of this thesis is to gain further knowledge of how the Swedish local government level is affected by requirements to use public procurement through competitive tendering and, more specifically, understand the actions taken by included actors when public procurement is required in implementation of public transport goals. Through case study method, an in specific process tracing, various implementation processes have been examined. One studied process complied with the procurement regulations, while the others included elements that circumvented them. In each process, the actions taken by involved actors have been the focus. The findings are presented in four papers. An overall conclusion is that, when public procurement is required in implementation at the local government level, several actors need to interact. These actors may use procurement to expand, maintain, or restrain their discretion towards others actors. In addition, various control mechanisms, such as e.g. monitoring, are used to restrain an actor’s discretion when the actor is circumventing procurement legislation.

Abstract [sv]

Det övergripande syftet med denna avhandling är att öka kunskapen om hur den lokala nivån i Sverige är påverkad av kravet på att använda offentlig upphandling, och mer specifikt att förstå de handlingar som olika aktörer vidtar vid implementering av kollektivtrafik mål, då konkurrensutsatt upphandling är ett krav. Genom fallstudie metod har olika implementeringsprocesser undersökts. I en process har upphandlingsreglerna följts, medan i de andra har upphandlingslagen kringgåtts. Resultaten har analyserats utifrån principal-agent teori och presenteras i form av fyra artiklar. I studien konstateras det att flera aktörer är beroende av varandra i implementeringen. Aktörerna kan använda upphandling för att både behålla och expandera sitt handlingsutrymme gentemot andra aktörer, men upphandling kan även vara begränsande. I studien diskuteras även olika kontrollmekanismer som användas då aktörer kringgår upphandlingslagstiftningen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 62 + papers 1-4 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 528
Public procurement, Competitive tendering, Local government, Implementation, Public transport, Principal–Agent theory, Discretion, Public administration, Offentlig upphandling, Implementering, Kollektivtrafik, Principal-Agent teori, Handlingsutrymme, Lokal nivå, Offentlig förvaltning
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67206 (URN)978-91-7393-175-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-04-29, TemCas, Hus T, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2011-04-04 Created: 2011-04-04 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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