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Cover of: Election Cycles in European Public Procurement
Friedrich Heinemann, Annika Havlik, Justus Nover

Election Cycles in European Public Procurement

Section: Articles
Volume 77 (2021) / Issue 4, pp. 376-407 (32)
Published 28.01.2022
DOI 10.1628/fa-2021-0021
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We study the existence of election cycles in public procurement in the European Union. Along the procurement process, we separately analyze contract notices, contract awards, and project completions. We point out how these steps differ in their potential to address specific voter types. We argue that the award is particularly appealing for politicians. It allows them to please the award-winning firms' stakeholders and the spending decision becomes credible from the perspective of forward-looking voters. We find robust evidence for electioneering in contract notices and awards. The effect in awards is stronger for certain sub-categories like education and more visible projects.