Abstracts: February 3rd, 2000

3Martin S, Hartley K, Cox APublic Administration, (UK), 1999 Vol 77 No 2

Start page: 387. No of pages: 20

Sets out the background to the European procurement Directives, which were passed in the late 1980s and early 1990s to prevent the public sector in the various members states discriminating against foreign suppliers in their purchasing decisions. Outlines the economic arguments for non-discriminatory public purchasing and the opening up of national procurement markets. Focuses on local authorities, analyses the invitations to tender by country. Uses the contract award notices, published in the same journal, to investigate the proportion of purchasing contracts awards made to domestic and foreign suppliers. Concludes that the European Union legislation has failed to open up public procurement to international competition and uses a case study of a UK local authority to understand the degree of preferential purchasing that exists. Draws out the implications for further research and for European Union policy.

Subject(s): PURCHASING, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, EUROPEAN  UNION, DIRECTIVES, LEGAL MATTERS, PUBLIC SECTOR

Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts OPMA: Operations & Production Management Abstracts

Style: Survey, Theoretical with application in practice

ISSN: 0033-3298. Reference: 28AY202.

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