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Public Procurement Reform and Governance in Africa

  • S.N. Nyeck

Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. S. N. Nyeck
    Pages 1-28
  3. Procurement and Governance: Historical Precedents and Theoretical Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Chrysantus Ayangafac, Dassa Bulcha, Sehen Bekele
      Pages 51-73
  4. Public Procurement and Institutional Transformation

  5. Public Procurement and Social Accountability

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 335-366

About this book


This book presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the governance of public procurement reform in Africa. Through a bottom-up approach to case studies and comparative analyses, scholars, practitioners, and social activists write about the organizational mechanisms and implementation gaps in public procurement governance in light of the general premises of national reform. Reforming the ways in which government purchases works, goods, and services from the private sector is one of the most sweeping policy reform undertaken in Africa in the past decade. Despite the transnational scope of policy change, very little is known about the mechanisms of public procurement governance at the subnational level. The argument in this volume is that policy reforms that mitigate contractual hazards along the three-dimensional “law-politics-business matrix” are more likely to bring about meaningful institutional transformation and broader social accountability. Key to substantive transformation of public procurement is the revitalization and professionalization of the public sector to meet the opportunities and challenges of development by contract.


governance Africa public procurement outsourcing development law institutions reform public policy devolution commissioning decentralization local government business politics

Editors and affiliations

  • S.N. Nyeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarkson University, USABangorUnited Kingdom

About the editors

S.N. Nyeck is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University, USA. She is the co-editor of Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship.

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