La Palombara’s Parentela in Bulgaria: The Case of Public Procurement Contracts (Public Tenders)
The previous chapter argued that the parentela was observable in the data from the 26 elite interviews, although it also acknowledged that a stronger proof the parentela could come from a discussion of a typical case. In this chapter we discuss again the parentela relations, but this time in the context of the dynamics surrounding the distribution of public procurement contracts, also known as public tenders. These are contracts between the state and private companies for the provision of public goods or services. In this typical case, the chapter reveals the parentela as the process through which the ruling party interferes in the work of the civil service, so that the party insider is awarded the public tender. The fact that we find the parentela in non-policy-making, involving single businesses, suggests that the parentela is part of a wider dynamic, which is revealed in Chapter 5.
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