COVID-19: Lessons Learned in Public Procurement. Time for a New Normal?

17 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2020

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Laurence Folliot Lalliot

CEROS, Paris Nanterre University

Christopher R. Yukins

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: September 3, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 crisis upended markets and assumptions in public procurement, and posed an almost existential threat to traditional procurement systems. Seismic changes in economic relationships – governments were no longer monopsonists, government officials failed as economic intermediaries between suppliers and the public, and supplies that were traditionally treated as private (such as medical equipment) suddenly became “public” goods under worldwide demand. Traditional trade rules were rendered irrelevant, as the goal was no longer simply to open individual procurements but rather to open borders to intense global demand. Although the disruption was revolutionary, ironically the solution is to return to first principles of transparency and integrity to preserve governments’ fragile legitimacy in a crisis.

Keywords: COVID-19, public procurement, international trade

JEL Classification: F13, H57

Suggested Citation

Folliot Lalliot, Laurence and Yukins, Christopher R., COVID-19: Lessons Learned in Public Procurement. Time for a New Normal? (September 3, 2020). 1 Concurrences No. 3 3-2020 1 pp. 46-58 (Sept. 2020), GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-53, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2020-53, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3685860

Laurence Folliot Lalliot

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Christopher R. Yukins (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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