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Covid and Public Funds: More Opportunities for a Misuse? The Case of the Intermediate Governments of Galicia

Bruno Blanco-Varela (), María Quintas-Pérez (), María Carmen Sánchez-Carreira () and Paulo Mourão ()
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Bruno Blanco-Varela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
María Quintas-Pérez: University of Salamanca
María Carmen Sánchez-Carreira: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Public Organization Review, 2022, vol. 22, issue 3, No 2, 505-526

Abstract: Abstract Corruption and inefficiency of public funds pose a risk in public administrations. This paper analyses the corruption risk at the local level by analysing indicators of public procurement contracts in four deputations of Galicia (Spain). In addition, the pandemic has created opportunities to increase this risk and the misuse of public funds given the need to act quickly. Therefore, the study analyses whether the Covid crisis led to significant changes in expenditure in the four deputations and whether it involves a higher use of minor contracts, an award procedure without publicity or bidding, which has been found as increasing corruption risk.

Keywords: Corruption risk; Indicator; Local government; Local public procurement; Minor contract; Covid (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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