Political Accountability during Structuration of Competition for Public Services

O2 Annat


Interna författare/redaktörer


Publikationens författare: Jean Claude Mutiganda
Förlagsort: California
Publiceringsår: 2016
Moderpublikationens namn: 3rd AIMA World Conference on Management Accounting Research


Abstrakt

Purpose

The aim of this study is to analyse political accountability during structuration of competitive by analysing how position-practices and internal structures affect implementation of competitive tendering and political accountability among active agents.

Design/methodology/approach

A field study was conducted from 2007 to 2015 in a regional city in Finland. Data is based on document analysis, interviews and meeting observations. Research design, data collection and analysis apply methodological bracketing for field research.

Findings

Findings show that during initial implementation of competitive tendering, position-practice relations at macro- organisational level prevailed over the internal structures of public officials and political decision-makers and political accountability weakened. During structuration of a second competitive tendering process, however, public officials took strong positions to monitor macro-organisational practices in order to minimise procurement risks. The restructuration process led to a positive outcome and improved political accountability. A major contribution of this study is to demonstrate ways in which active agents can be affected by, and affect structures of, organisational change to improve their accountability.

Research limitations

Field research and interpretation of the data are limited to the analysed organisations. Empirical findings cannot be extended to other organisations directly.

Practical implications

Public officials and political decision makers cannot be expected to succeed in applying market mechanisms, such as competitive tendering, in outsourcing health care services.

Originality/Value

This study shows applicability of strong structuration theory in analysing competitive tendering and political accountability.

Keywords: Strong structuration, accountability, competitive tendering, position-practice, structure, agent, care, public sector


Nyckelord

Accountability, Competitive tendering, Position-practice, Strong structuration

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