Quotation Krammer, Stefan, Polzer, Tobias. 2009. Economic Recovery Measures in Austria. A Comparison of Different Governance Constellations in the Motorway and Expressway Network. International Research Study of Public Procurement (IRSPP 4), Lissabon, Portugal, 25.11.-28.11..


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Investments in infrastructure in the time of economic crisis give a boost to the economy and safeguard jobs. Therefore, they provide a traditional "Keynesian tool" used for economic recovery. After an overlook of the economic recovery measures that were decided in Austria (€ 9.82 bio. are invested in the years 2009 and 2010, which equals around 3.5 % of the GDP of the country), this paper demonstrates the effects of investments in the national motorway and expressway network on the preservation of jobs. Furthermore, a comparison of this sector with the situation in other countries shows how economic recovery measures work under different governance constellations. While in Austria a state-owned agency is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of the national motorway and expressway network (ASFINAG), the situation is different in other countries. Regarding public procurement, results show that a temporary increasing of the threshold level for direct contracting without tendering was made and that overall a growth in the number of tendering processes is expected because of the additional funds. However, with the temporary increase of the threshold sums tenders also might become unnecessary and instead, the form of direct contracting without tendering is chosen. It is questionable if the share of ASFINAG from the economic stimulus packages (overall € 200 mio. for investments in the motorway and expressway infrastructure or € 50 mio. per year) will be enough to make a difference. While the implementation of the projects is accompanied by an integrated controlling by ASFINAG, no evaluation has been made by the Austrian Audit Court yet and only selected projects will be examined.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Economic Recovery Measures in Austria. A Comparison of Different Governance Constellations in the Motorway and Expressway Network
Event International Research Study of Public Procurement (IRSPP 4)
Year 2009
Date 25.11.-28.11.
Country Portugal
Location Lissabon
URL http://www.irspp.com/irspp4.htm

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Polzer, Tobias (Details)
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Krammer, Stefan (Bundesbeschaffungsgesellschaft GmbH (BBG))
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Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
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