Bypassing public procurement regulation: a study of rationality inlocal decision making
2011 (English)In: Regulation and Governance, ISSN 1748-5983, Vol. 5, no 3, 368-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Using private contractors through procurement is common in most public sector areas. Despite the benefits of procurement, officials are sometimes tempted to circumvent procurement regulations. The aim of the article is to examine strategies used by local governmental decision makers to bypass procurement regulations, analyzing the rationality underlying their actions. Interviews, court documents, municipal documents, and articles describing the actions of Swedish municipal officials concerning special transport service (STS) procurements were collected and analyzed. In a case in which rural municipalities lost regular taxi services after STS procurement, we demonstrate how decisions were driven by pressure from the public and local interest groups, making municipal officials deviate from procurement regulations in striving to secure the existence of regular taxi services. One outcome was that local businesses were given preferential treatment, violating regulations and reducing economic efficiency.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell , 2011. Vol. 5, no 3, 368-385 p.
Decision making, procurement, local government, regulation, transport
National CategoryPolitical Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67201DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2011.01110.xISI: 000293390100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67201DiVA: diva2:408254