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The power of purchase: addressing sustainability through public procurement

Fisher, E. (2013) The power of purchase: addressing sustainability through public procurement. European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, 8 (1). pp. 2-7. ISSN 2194-7376

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Abstract/Summary

This article focuses on sustainable development and public procurement and reflects on the significance of questioning the goals sustainable public procurement seeks to achieve. While it is recognised that developing appropriate legal frameworks and regulatory tools for environmental, social and economic quality assurance is important, achieving sustainable procurement nevertheless remains political. With the forthcoming adoption of new European Union Public Procurement Directives, the article provides a timely reminder that for sustainability to be integral to good procurement, the power of purchase must capture a paradigmatic shift from doing things better to doing better things.

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:31739
Publisher:Lexxion

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