Special Issue now online

Dr. Joanne Meehan and I have edited a special issue on public procurement as a policy tool for the International Journal of Public Sector Management (IJSPM).

The special issue will be published as Volume 30 Issue 4 and is available online now.

In the European Union the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union are trying to fuel this development with their new procurement directives. However, despite the increased recognition of the potential of public procurement as a policy tool for reaching desired outcomes in society, it remains an understudied topic in public sector management. Little is known about how procurement is implemented, how successful it is, what factors and actors determine its effectiveness and success, and how public procurers deal with the (often conflicting) goals that they have to combine in their procurement. This special issue tries to shed some light into the usage of public procurement as a policy tool by examining the concept from different angles

This special issue of IJPSM presents six articles on public procurement. Despite their common topic, they come from different disciplinary backgrounds (public administration, economics, international business), from different continents Europe, Africa and Asia (and countries: Netherlands, France, Finland, India, Sweden, and Ghana), and use both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The six papers examine different assumptions underlying the use of public procurement as a policy tool.

The special issue starts with our introduction article titled “Public Procurement as a policy tool: using procurement to reach desired outcomes in society“.

The article by Sofia Lundberg and Mats Bergman titled “Tendering design when price and quality is uncertain” shows that choosing a tendering design is not as black and white as choosing between price and quality.

Shelena Keulemans and Steven Van De Walle’s paper titled “Cost-effectiveness, domestic favoritism and sustainability in public procurement: a comparative study of public preferences” examines whether citizens actually prefer their government to use public procurement as a policy tool.

Isabell Storsjö and Hlekiwe Kachali examine if and how the goals of two separate policies, innovation and civil-preparedness, are met  in their article titled “Public procurement for innovation and civil preparedness: a policy-practice gap.

The article by Olivier Mamavi, Olivier Meier, and Romain Zerbib titled “How do strategic networks influence awarding contracts? Evidence from French public procurement” also examines the procurement practice and its influencing factors but specifically looks into the networks in contract award procedures.

Many studies into public procurement focus on European or Western countries. We are therefore very pleased to include two articles in the special issue that examine findings and assumptions from Western public procurement studies in a different context. The article by Mohammed Ibrahim, Justice Nyigmah Bawole, Theresa Obuobisa-Darko, Abdul-Bassit Abubakar, and Anthony Sumnaya Kumasey titled “The Legal Regime and the Compliance Façade in Public Procurement in Ghana” examines the procurement practice in Ghana.

The last article, by Kapil Patil titled “Government Procurement Policy for Small & Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries: Evidence from India”, examines public procurement in another developing country and also contributes to a better understanding of the implementation of small- and medium sized enterprise (SME) oriented procurement practices.

You can find and download the entire special issue here: special issue public procurement 


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