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Postcommunism from WithinSocial Justice, Mobilization, and Hegemony$
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Jan Kubik and Amy Linch

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724262

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724262.001.0001

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Informal Relations in Public Procurement

Informal Relations in Public Procurement

The Case of East Central and South Eastern Europe

(p.346) Chapter Ten Informal Relations in Public Procurement
Postcommunism from Within

Åse Berit Grødeland

NYU Press

This chapter examines how, at what stage, and why corrupt behavior occurs in public procurement in postcommunist countries. Specifically, it investigates the use of contacts and informal networks in public procurement. After a brief methodological introduction, the chapter provides an overview of informal practices in East Central and South Eastern Europe and discusses their relevance to public procurement. It presents survey data to demonstrate the perception of these practices among procurement officials and members of the business community, and concludes with an analysis of factors thought to affect informal practices in postcommunist public procurement. The chapter tests two hypotheses: that informal social relations in public procurement are (1) more widespread in “second wave” than in “first wave” EU member states; and (2) more widespread in the Czech Republic than Slovenia (among the “first wave” EU member states) and in Bulgaria than in Romania (“second wave” EU member states).

Keywords:   public procurement, postcommunism, corruption, postcommunist countries, informal practices, EU member states, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania

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