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QoG lunch seminar with Pedro J. Camões

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English.

Title: The Spacial Analysis of Political Connections: an Empirical Study of Public Procurement at Municipal Level

Public contracting with external ¿rms is a very sensitive area of government activity considering the complexity of the process, the close interaction between public officials and businesses, and the multitude of stakeholders. For that reason, regulation usually imposes constraints upon how and when public buyers interact with suppliers. Bringing together the recent academic interest in the outcomes and quality of public procurement and the literature on politically connected firms, this paper asks whether there is a connection between the political parties governing a specific Portuguese municipality and the contracts awarded to some specific firms. But while the political effects found in previous studies are limited to those found within the boundaries of one municipality, this paper extends the analysis of the partisan effects to other municipalities. In sum, it investigates the existence connected firms and whether this effect extends spatially to different municipalities administered by the same political party. Using a unique and complete database of public procurement and contracting by Portuguese municipalities and a specific research design that takes the firm bid in a procurement context observed as unit of analysis on a yearly basis (2008-2017), the evidence moderately corroborates the main hypothesis of a connection between political parties and their favoured supplier firms, meaning the politicisation of a policy making that, on paper, was expert-based.

Lecturer: Pedro J. Camões, Assistant Professor and Vice President of the School of Economics and Management, University of Minho

Date: 5/31/2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quuality of Government Institute

Location: B225 Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Tove Wikehult

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