Politik och juridik inom offentlig upphandling
Public procurement has increasingly been viewed as an instrument for effective use of public resources and supporting economic growth in general. However, public procurement at local government level is complicated and is often done in a field of tension between law and policy. The relation between political discretion and different interpretation of the law of public procurement is illustrated by providing three empirical cases. We argue that local governments should make use of their discretion and be pro-active in their public procurement and thus testing the limits of discretion.