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Reflection of the Election Cycle in Public Procurement in Prague


  • Petra Drzková


The aim of this paper is to reveal whether there is a relation between public procurement and the election cycle in Prague. The examined data cover the period from 2005 to 2011. Two hypotheses have been set in order to discover whether there is such a relation. The first one postulates that public procurement is used for construction, wellvisible investment, so as to increase the probability of being re-elected. The second hypothesis marks the effort of politicians to maximise their own benefits until the end of their electoral term as the main reason for contracting public procurement. The hypotheses are proven with the number of public procurement projects, the total amount of money spent on public procurement in a particular term, the average amount of bids and the relation between the final and expected price. Regression analysis was used as the tool for verifi - cation. The result is that it is possible to find such a relation dependence of supplies and services and the election cycle in Prague.

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  • Petra Drzková, 2013. "Reflection of the Election Cycle in Public Procurement in Prague," Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2013(4), pages 49-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlaop:v:2013:y:2013:i:4:id:410:p:49-68

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    corruption; public procurement; election cycle; Prague; re-election; linear regression model;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement


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