Title

Solving procurement problems in public transport: Examining multi-principal roles in relation to effective control mechanisms

Authors

Lisa Hansson

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2010

Subject Area

economics - subsidy, mode - bus, organisation - governance, organisation - regulation, place - europe

Keywords

public transport, public procurement, infringement, principal-agent, European Union

Abstract

Despite the EU’s increasing role in regulating public transport procurement, few studies have considered this aspect when analysing procurement problems of public transport. This paper examines how the institutional relationships between different actors, including international governmental bodies, in public transport effects the possibility of exerting control over a county public transport authority (PTA) in a multi-principal setting. The analysis is carried out using empirical material from an infringement process including a Swedish PTA and the EU. The conclusions have clear policy implications for the procedural order when exerting control over the PTA in cases of procurement problems. It is for example shown, that the implementation process would be much more efficient if the regulations allowed the EU to impose sanctions directly towards the local authorities without having to involve the national government when the procurement laws are violated.

Rights

Permission to publish the abstract given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.

Comments

Research in Transportation Economics Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/07398859