par Mabillard, Vincent ;Zumofen, Raphael
Référence Public works management & policy, 26, 2, page (95-114)
Publication Publié, 2021-04-01
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : This article assesses the links between accountability and transparency in the case of the public procurement system in Switzerland. It focuses on the relationship between the two concepts through the prism of the theoretical frameworks developed by previous authors, using data gathered through experts’ interviews. Findings demonstrate that the relationship can be bidirectional and highlight the importance of both the nature and the quality of information. It also redefines the various ways around which transparency and accountability interrelate by extending the previous contributions on the matter. It especially points out that transparency and accountability can be more easily implemented together with proactive dissemination of information. At the same time, mechanisms of control should also exist to ensure more accountable governmental organizations. In this sense, all experts insist on the necessity to keep efficient surveillance bodies in place.