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Participation in bus concession procurement : an institutional analysis

Kamphuis, Ramon (2022) Participation in bus concession procurement : an institutional analysis.

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Abstract:Transport authorities are experimenting with involving stakeholders and the public in new ways within the existing institutional context of developing public bus transport. There is already a 20-year practice of procuring concessions in which formal and informal ways exist to influence the process. Within this practice, new forms of collaboration and involvement of stakeholders and the public have emerged. Three developments can be distinguished. Firstly, more stakeholders are being involved and more often. Secondly, project teams responsible for the procurement process are starting to use new participation methods. Thirdly, the role of stakeholder manager is added to some project teams. However, knowledge is lacking on how participation should be used and organised. The role of informal institutions in public transport governance is understudied. When participation is applied in the procurement process this will likely be institutionalised through informal rules as an addition to the existing formal rules. The problem of how participation should be applied within the institutional context of public transport procurement has not been researched. The research objective is: To assess participation in bus concession procurement and to analyse the influence of the institutional context on participation. A conceptual framework was developed to assess participation and to analyse the institutional context. Since literature is lacking on participation in bus concession procurement, the research is based on broader literature. In this research, participation is about the involvement of stakeholders and the public in a procurement process. To assess participation, six participation dimensions are used. Breadth is about who is involved. Intensity is about how participants are involved. Influence is about the power participants have in the process. Openness is about the degree to which decisions are still open for discussion. Transparency is about access to relevant information. Equality is about the opportunities for stakeholders to take part. Together, the participation dimensions describe the used or possible degree of participation in a process.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Mu Consult, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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