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Public Procurement and Public Financial Management in Africa: Dynamics and Influences


  • Justice Nyigmah Bawole

    () (University of Ghana Business School)

  • Peter Adjei-Bamfo

    () (University of Ghana Business School)


How do public procurement practices influence effective public financial management (PFM) in Africa? Notwithstanding the several public procurement reforms to improve PFM in Africa, outcomes have not been sustainable. Prior studies have failed to explain this phenomenon. With a descriptive case study design based on comprehensive datasets, this paper explains this situation with three key factors underlying the public procurement environment in three African countries: Ethiopia, Central African Republic, and Ghana. From the agency theory lenses, these factors affect the agency cost in public administrative systems necessary for addressing the agency problems in public procurement management towards desired PFM outcomes.

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  • Justice Nyigmah Bawole & Peter Adjei-Bamfo, 2020. "Public Procurement and Public Financial Management in Africa: Dynamics and Influences," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 301-318, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:20:y:2020:i:2:d:10.1007_s11115-019-00443-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s11115-019-00443-7

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