The Efficiency of Public Procurement Centralization: Empirical Evidence from Serbian Local Self-Governments

  • Predrag Jovanović Public Procurement Office of the Republic of Serbia
  • Nevenka Žarkić Joksimović University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences
  • Milos Srboljub Milosavljevic Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade
Keywords: public procurement, efficiency, local self-government, Serbia


Different approaches in creating mechanisms for efficient public procurements have been applied worldwide over the last decade. Among these, bundling of public procurement is seen as a potential efficiency boost in the practice in highly decentralized procurement environments. Nevertheless, the domain of public procurement efficiency is still at its infancy in academic terms. This study examines the effects of centralization of public procurement at the local self-government level in Serbia. In particular, the study explores various upsides and downsides of centralization. Reflective recommendations provide a sound base for public procurement policy holders at the level of local self-governments.

Author Biography

Milos Srboljub Milosavljevic, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade
Department of Financial Management