Abstracts: December 3rd, 2002

By Andrew Erridge and Jonathan GreerSuccessive administrations in the UK have aimed to develop a more strategic approach to public procurement by emphasizing inter-departmental co-ordination and establishing long-term partnership relations with suppliers. This has proved to be a difficult task as the operating framework and culture of the public sector have hindered the development of interorganizational relationships and trust. By focusing on the co-operative processes and interaction within central government departments and between departments and the private sector, this paper aims to analyse and identify the obstacles to, and opportunities for, implementing long-term supply relations and facilitating departmental co-ordination.

Public Administration 2002 Volume 80. ISSN 0033-3298. http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk/asp/journal.asp

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