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Public Procurement as a Policy Tool: Using procurement to reach desired outcomes in society

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Public Sector Management

Guest-editors: Dr Jolien Grandia, Dr Joanne Meehan

Deadline: 7 June 2016

For the execution of policies, as well as for its own operations, governments procure goods and services, ranging from paper and pencils to fighter planes, cleaning services and public road works. Governments are increasingly using their authority as a large buyer in the market to compel private organisations to contribute to the achievement of their public policy objectives, for example, minimizing long-term unemployment, improving working conditions throughout the (international) supply chain, stimulating innovation, providing opportunities for SME’s and stimulating the market for sustainable goods and services. Public procurement is thus no longer just a means to an end, but also a policy tool used to achieve desired outcomes in society and create value.

This special issue will explore and discuss the usage of public procurement as a policy tool by public sector organizations. Whether at the local, regional, national, or international level, public organizations are using their procurement for a wide range of societal goals. Despite the increased usage of public procurement as a policy tool, little is known about how it is implemented, how successful it is, what factors and actors determine its effectiveness and successfulness and how public procurers deal with the (often conflicting) goals that they have to combine in their procurement.

This call for papers invites scholars studying public procurement around the world to reflect theoretically, share empirical research and case studies of using public procurement as a tool to reach desired outcomes in society. We especially welcome papers presenting comparative studies that for example compare the implementation of sustainable public procurement or innovative procurement across different policy fields, organizations or countries.

Please submit your proposals by 7 June 2016. After acceptance of the proposals, full manuscripts are due 1 October 2016. All full manuscripts will undergo double blind peer review. Revisions and review have to be finished by March 2017, aiming for publication mid 2017. For information on the journal and author guidelines, please see:

Please submit your abstract to:
Dr Jolien Grandia
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Administration
Institute of Management Research
Radboud University Nijmegen
[email protected]