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The tactics behind public transport procurements: an integrated actor approach
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Mobility, actors and planning processes.
2011 (English)In: European Transport Research Review, ISSN 1867-0717, E-ISSN 1866-8887, Vol. 3, no 4, 13 p.197-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: In striving for a “successful” public transport system, functional procurement operations are needed. The “Scandinavian model” has gained popularity in Europe, prompting considerable research into relationships between government and private transport operators. To understand the Scandinavian model, one must also identify the roles governmental actors and institutions play when interacting in procurement processes. This article aims to provide an understanding of the interrelationships between the actors involved in planning a public transport procurement process. Method: The method used is case study method and in specific process tracing. The empirical data consist of public documents and interviews concerning the work with a public transport procurement, located to a Swedish county. Results: The article demonstrates power relationships between the actors and identifies how resources are deployed to maximize influence while minimizing dependence on other actors. It also shows that there is a dominant coalition that employs strategies within the rules of the game to regulate the process of exchange. Conclusion: The article conclude that the procurement entity is the dominant organisation and that the actors working within it form a dominant coalition. The procurement entity, however, is dependent on political and financial resources from the principals to achieve its agenda.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2011. Vol. 3, no 4, 13 p.197-209 p.
Keyword [en]
Public transport
Keyword [sv]
Kollektivtrafik
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Road: General works, surveys, comprehensive works, Road: Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-5233Archive number: VI 2008-03179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-5233DiVA: diva2:674064
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2014-05-20Bibliographically 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 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 528
Keyword
Tender, Contract, Decision process, Administration, Planning, Public transport, Local authority, 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
Research subject
Railway: General works, surveys, comprehensive works, Railway: Economics; Road: General works, surveys, comprehensive works, Road: Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-6897 (URN)978-91-7393-175-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-04-29, TemCas, Hus T, Campus Valla, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2014-05-16 Created: 2014-05-16 Last updated: 2014-05-16Bibliographically approved

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