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Pushing the boundaries of the social: private agri-food standards and the governance of Fair Trade in European public procurement

Fisher, E. and Sheppard, H. (2013) Pushing the boundaries of the social: private agri-food standards and the governance of Fair Trade in European public procurement. International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 20 (1). pp. 31-49. ISSN 0798-1759

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Abstract/Summary

The article explores how fair trade and associated private agri-food standards are incorporated into public procurement in Europe. Procurement law is underpinned by principles of equity, non-discrimination and transparency; one consequence is that legal obstacles exist to fair trade being privileged within procurement practice. These obstacles have pragmatic dimensions, concerning whether and how procurement can be used to fulfil wider social policy objectives or to incorporate private standards; they also bring to the fore underlying issues of value. Taking an agency-based approach and incorporating the concept of governability, empirical evidence demonstrates the role played by different actors in negotiating fair trade’s passage into procurement through pre-empting and managing legal risk. This process exposes contestations that arise when contrasting values come together within sustainable procurement. This examination of fair trade in public procurement helps reveal how practices and knowledge on ethical consumption enter into a new governance arena within the global agri-food system.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Livelihoods Research
ID Code:30537
Uncontrolled Keywords:fair trade; private standards; sustainability; public procurement; Europe; Wales
Publisher:Research Committee on Food and Agriculture

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