Public Procurement: Focus on People, Value for Money and Systemic Integrity, Not Protectionism

THE COLLAPSE OF GLOBAL TRADE, MURKY PROTECTIONISM, AND THE CRISIS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE G20, Chapter 17, Richard Baldwin and Simon Evenett, eds., A VoxEU.org Publication

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 460

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 460

7 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2009  

Steven L. Schooner

George Washington University - Law School

Christopher R. Yukins

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: March 9, 2009

Abstract

The authors assert that, in the face of severe economic challenges, efficient and effective public purchasing is critical. Governments should focus on obtaining the greatest possible value for money expended and minimizing corruption, while eschewing counter-productive and inefficient protectionist constraints on procurement regimes. Stimulus investments in strengthening the acquisition workforce - the officials responsible for spending the government's money honestly and consistent with sound, business-based, transparent practices - will pay both short- and long-term dividends.

Keywords: public procurement, government contracts, World Trade Organization, Government Procurement Agreement, acquisition workforce, stimulus, protectionism, Buy American

JEL Classification: F13, K23, K33, H57

Suggested Citation

Schooner, Steven L. and Yukins, Christopher R., Public Procurement: Focus on People, Value for Money and Systemic Integrity, Not Protectionism (March 9, 2009). THE COLLAPSE OF GLOBAL TRADE, MURKY PROTECTIONISM, AND THE CRISIS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE G20, Chapter 17, Richard Baldwin and Simon Evenett, eds., A VoxEU.org Publication; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 460; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 460. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1356170

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Christopher R. Yukins

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