Fulfilling its Promise? Strategic Public Procurement and the Impact of Equality Considerations on Employers’ Behaviour in Scotland

E.K. Sarter, Emily Thomson

    Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

    15 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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    Public administration is an important force influencing the state of equality in today’s society. Like budgetary choices, public procurement has increasingly gained attention as a means to promote equality. Yet, important gaps in knowledge pertain, especially regarding the impact of equality requirements in public procurement on company behaviour. This article sheds first light on the impact strategic public procurement has on employers’ behaviour by constructing a business ‘benefit’. Based on empirical research, his article highlights that companies’ perceive a limited prevalence of equality stipulations in Scottish public procurement practices and raises doubts about the impact of public procurement practices to create a successful business case for equality.

    Over the last few decades, equality considerations have gained increasing importance in public procurement. Yet, an important gap in knowledge exists regarding the impact of equality sensitive public procurement on companies’ behaviour. This paper sheds light on the impact of public procurement practices as a lever for incentivising companies to adopt equality related measures. Focusing on Scotland, this article raises doubts about the prevalence of equality considerations in public procurement practices and on the impact that using public procurement to create a business case has on company behaviour if it is not accompanied by supplementary measures. This article will have resonance for policy-makers at different levels who seek to utilise public procurement as a lever to promote equality.
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Tudalennau (o-i)437-445
    Nifer y tudalennau9
    CyfnodolynPublic Money and Management
    Cyfrol40
    Rhif cyhoeddi6
    Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar11 Tach 2019
    Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
    StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 2019

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