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Factors influencing public procurement during disasters: the cases of Chile and New Zealand

Raúl Aparicio-Arias (The Chilean Economic Development Agency (Corfo), Santiago, Chile)
Jenny Moreno (Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Concepcion, Concepción, Chile)

Journal of Public Procurement

ISSN: 1535-0118

Article publication date: 18 June 2021

Issue publication date: 8 July 2021




This paper aims to explore public procurement frameworks during disasters in Chile and New Zealand, identifying the factors that affect government procurement performance in disaster response.


This research adopted a case study methodology following a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with government officers from Chile and New Zealand who had practice-relevant knowledge of public procurement and disaster management. Data was complemented by document reviews, including government reports and the records of disaster management organizations.


This paper finds public procurement to be negatively affected by several factors during disasters, including celerity and flexibility of response; market and supplier restrictions; pressures over procurement teams; centralism of procurement structures; lack of technical knowledge; competition and crossover of agreements; corruption; and price variations.

Practical implications

This paper includes policy recommendations on how to increase the effectiveness of disaster management and public procurement systems in countries at high risk of earthquakes and other disasters.

Social implications

This paper can help public procurement officers to provide a better response during disasters, supplying the goods and services required to the affected population in a timely and effective manner.


This paper addresses a gap in research by identifying factors which negatively impact government procurement and response during a disaster.



Aparicio-Arias, R. and Moreno, J. (2021), "Factors influencing public procurement during disasters: the cases of Chile and New Zealand", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 206-219.



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