Deviations and (In)discretions in the Governance of South African Public Entities

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


This chapter discusses the impact of discretion given to the function of accounting in public procurement performance. A measure of discretion, or the ability to deviate from formal procurement rules in specific circumstances, is often seen as valuable in bureaucratic transformation key to reinventing government. The point here is to make civil servants key partners in the making of a robust public sector by promoting decisional mechanisms that are not just rule-bound but also amendable to situational variables and common sense.


Public Procurement Public Entity Procurement Officer Accounting Officer Legislative Provision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justin Laing
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  1. 1.Clark Laing Inc.East LondonSouth Africa

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