Inter-governmental relations and procurement non-compliance in African local government systems

Parestico Pastory (Department of History, Political Science and Development Studies, Mkwawa University College of Education, Iringa, United Republic of Tanzania and University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)

Journal of Public Procurement

ISSN: 1535-0118

Publication date: 24 July 2019



The purpose of this study is to examine the implications of inter-governmental relations on procurement compliance in local government.


A total of 68 in-depth interviews with local government officials and councillors in four different local government authorities, members of parliament in the local authorities accounts committee and a committee clerk were carried out in addition to documentary review.


Evidences from in-depth interviews and documentary analysis point to central government as one of key reasons for procurement non-compliance. The nature of inter-governmental relations enables the central government to issue encroaching directives on local government procurement plans or take handicapping actions on the financial ability of the local governments to execute procurement plans.

Practical implications

The study adds inter-governmental relations on strategies for improving procurement compliance in African local government systems.


Despite increasing research on procurement compliance, the complexity of regulatory non-compliance in local government procurement has not been adequately analysed. The current study uses an inter-governmental relations perspective to contribute knowledge on procurement compliance in local government systems of the Third World, sub-Saharan Africa in particular.



Pastory, P. (2019), "Inter-governmental relations and procurement non-compliance in African local government systems", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

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