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Competitive Tendering and Contracting in the Public Sector: A Survey

Simon Domberger and Stephen Rimmer

International Journal of the Economics of Business, 1994, vol. 1, issue 3, 439-453

Abstract: This paper is a survey of the role and impact of competitive tendering and contracting (CTC) policies in the public sector. The paper examines the theoretical rationale for introducing competition in the provision of public services and the methodology by which contracting decisions are reached. It investigates the extent of implementation and nature of outcomes in several countries. A broad sweep of the empirical findings suggests that CTC generates substantial cost savings. Lack of adequate data makes an assessment of the effect on quality more troublesome, and further research is needed

Keywords: Competitive tendering; Contracting-out; Public sector management; Competition policy, JEL classifications: LI4, L33, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1994
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