The Implicit Dimensions of Public Procurement Contracts: African History and Debates

  • S. N. Nyeck
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


This chapter explores the frontier of political power and sovereignty in contractual schemes. Nyeck brings politics and history back in the study of public procurement noting that a commodity-focused approach to government outsourcing fails to explain the ways in which sovereignty is at times constructed, inflated, or transformed in procurement agreements. Drawing insight from the activities of the Crown Agents in colonial Africa the author demonstrates that “sovereign powers can unintentionally be alienated or threatened as a result of adverse action by its agents, or strategically contracted out to evade democratic accountability.”


Public Debt Public Procurement Contract Theory Government Contract Sovereign Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. N. Nyeck
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  1. 1.Clarkson UniversityPotsdamUSA

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