Buying Social Justice: Equality, Government Procurement & Legal Change

BUYING SOCIAL JUSTICE: EQUALITY, GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT & LEGAL CHANGE, Oxford University Press, 2007

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18/2007

23 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2007

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Christopher McCrudden

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Abstract

Governments spend huge amounts of money buying goods and services from the private sector. How far should their spending power be affected by social policy? Arguments against the practice are often made by economists - on the grounds of inefficiency - and lawyers - on the grounds of free competition and international economic law. Buying Social Justice analyses how governments in developed and developing countries use their contracting power in order to advance social equality and reduce discrimination, and argues that this approach is an entirely legitimate and efficient means of achieving social justice. The book looks at the different experiences of a range of countries, including the UK, Canada, the USA, Malaysia and South Africa. It also examines the impact of international and regional regulation of the international economy, and questions the extent to which the issue of procurement policy be regulated at the national, European or international levels. The role of EC and WTO law in mediating the tensions between the economic function of procurement and the social uses of procurement is discussed, and the outcomes of controversies concerning the legitimacy of the integration of social values into procurement are analysed. Buying Social Justice argues that European and international legal regulation of procurement has become an important means of accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative in both the social and economic uses of procurement.

Suggested Citation

McCrudden, Christopher, Buying Social Justice: Equality, Government Procurement & Legal Change. BUYING SOCIAL JUSTICE: EQUALITY, GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT & LEGAL CHANGE, Oxford University Press, 2007; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18/2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1014847

Christopher McCrudden (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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