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This book aims to advance the understanding of pre-commercial procurement (PCP) as an innovation policy instrument and as a means to fulfil public needs.
To this end, it places PCP within its political and economic context and elucidates its origins and its economic rationale. Based on this analysis, the book suggests a clear conceptualization of PCP and a clear delineation from other innovation policy instruments.
Subsequently, the book assesses the value and achievements of the more established type of PCP policy programmes, and draws lessons for improvement. In this context, it raises awareness of the remaining obstacles to its wide and effective implementation and suggests appropriate solutions ranging from policy guidance to law interpretation and legislative reform.
This book goes beyond a simple presentation of cases and policy or legislative frameworks. It contains the author's own analysis and interpretation of the PCP legal frameworks and cases. It makes use of illustrative practical examples of policy-making and project implementation in various programmes of public procurement of R&D services.