Dissimilar Patterns of (Mis)Using the Public Money: Trends and Practices of Public Procurement Management in Kosovar Municipalities

February 25, 2012

Good governance, as a modern concept, consists of numerous standards that are aimed at providing for a more democratic, transparent and socially responsive public governance.International organizations have consistently associated the degree of good governance with the capacity of a polity to push forward economic growth and development.2 Good governance, therefore, is a notion that seeks responsible governance not only at the central level but also at the local level. Many international reports have repeatedly argued that the local governments –as opposed to the central government – have quite a significant role in promoting the community and local economy development. Local governments, moreover, are naturally more linked to communities and people and thus could play a more vibrant role as to their overall development and progress. In this context, a key issue within the notion of good governance is the standards and behavior of local governments in the public procurement processes. Local procurement practices therefore constitute the key issue of social responsibility of local governments, as the way local governments behave towards the awarding of public contracts represents the extent of „good governance‟ that they exercise. The level of transparency and accountability of public tendering at the local level, therefore, exhibits the democratic degreeof a local administration and the level of adherence to legitimate governance.

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Dissimilar Patterns of (Mis)Using the Public Money: Trends and Practices of Public Procurement Management in Kosovar Municipalities

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