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Public Procurement

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ISBN13: 9789041198907
ISBN: 9041198903
Published: October 2002
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: £141.00

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From modest beginnings in the early 1990s, a reform movement in the regulation of public procurement has mushroomed into a global imperative. Two fundamental values of international free trade policy - value for money and the deterrence of corruption - have brought intense scrutiny to bear on public procurement practices in nearly every country. Now international standards (notably those of the WTO and the EU) must be met if a trading nation is to take its place in the global markets. This collection of essays offers 15 distinct views on the current status and trends in public procurement and its various aspects. From general discussion of setup, overcoming obstacles, ensuring transparency, and compliance with international rules to specific issues raised in economies as diverse as Kosovo, China, and the United States, ""Public Procurement: The Continuing Revolution"" provides a wealth of insight and information. Although the emphasis throughout is on legal issues, the contributors include not only lawyers but also economists and specialists in purchasing practice.;In addition, the book notes the relatively recent trend, in developed countries, toward a less prescriptive, more flexible approach to regulation in which a degree of transparency is sacrificed. The question of how this trend will affect international procurement regimes is perhaps the most vital and interesting aspect of current theory and practice in the field. Most of these essays were originally presented as papers at an international conference hosted by the Public Procurement Research Group at the University of Nottingham in September 2001.

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Part I: Establishing and reforming public procurement systems.
1. Setting up a public procurement system: the six-step method; C. Walker.
2. Obstacles to public procurement reform in developing countries; R.R. Hunja.
3.On globalisation and government procurement; J.I. Schwartz.
4. The establishment and development of a public procurement system for Kosovo; E. Pisell.
5. China's government procurement reform: from the Bidding Law to the Government Procurement Law; Fuguo Cao.
6. Enforcement of public procurement rules in China; Jingbin Tian.
7. The experience of centralised enforcement in Poland; M. Lemke. Part II: New perspectives and approaches in procurement regulation.
8. Commercial purchasing: the chasm between the United States government's evolving policy and practice; S. Schooner.
9. Reforms in procurement policy and their prospects; F. Anechiarico.
10. Problems of using partnering and similar private sector practice in the public sector environment: the example of PPPs/PFI; K. Hartley.
11. Best Value: a new approach in the UK; P. Badcoe.
12. European governance in the procurement area: re-thinking the regulatory framework; A. Haagsma. Part III: The regulation of public procurement in international trade.
13. Home-based government procurement and international trade: descriptive statistics, theory and empirical evidence; F. Trionfett.
14. The WTO transparency agenda: law, economics and international relations theory; J. Linarelli.
15. Transparency in international procurement regimes: what can we expect? S.J. Evenett, B.M. Hoekman.