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Bypassing public procurement regulation: a study of rationality inlocal decision making
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6480-8752
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2566-4183
2011 (English)In: Regulation and Governance, ISSN 1748-5983, Vol. 5, no 3, 368-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
Decision making, procurement, local government, regulation, transport
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Economics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67201DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2011.01110.xISI: 000293390100005OAI: diva2:408254
Available from: 2011-04-04 Created: 2011-04-04 Last updated: 2013-10-09
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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