Title: Issues and challenges of public service procurement in China: a collaborative governance perspective

Authors: Bing Ran; Huiting Qi

Addresses: School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057, USA ' School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057, USA

Abstract: As a form of collaborative governance, government procurement of public services from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has become a major channel for public service delivery. Different from the relative mature practices of public service procurement in Western countries, China is attempting to adopt this mechanism in recent years, calling for more research in sense making the issues and challenges in the procurement process. This paper discusses six major issues in Chinese Government procurement of public services from the perspective of collaborative governance theory, analyses the reasons that lead to these six challenges, and proposes some important solutions to these issues.

Keywords: collaborative governance; non-governmental organisations; NGOs; public service procurement; China; public procurement; public services; government procurement; public service delivery.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2016.079742

International Journal of Public Policy, 2016 Vol.12 No.3/4/5/6, pp.339 - 358

Received: 02 Feb 2016
Accepted: 11 May 2016

Published online: 07 Oct 2016 *

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