Promoting Sustainable Public Procurement Through Economic Policy Tools: From Moral Suasion to Nudging

European Journal of Public Procurement Markets, 4(4), 67-79 (2023)

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2023-03

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2023-03

14 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2023

See all articles by Désirée U. Klingler

Désirée U. Klingler

University of St. Gallen; Yale Law School; University of Hamburg, Institute of Law and Economics

Steven L. Schooner

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2023

Abstract

As the climate crisis accelerates and governments aspire to achieve more circular economies, this article encourages experimentation with innovative, interdisciplinary, and sustainable approaches that exploit governments’ enormous spending power. Rather than waiting for legislative or regulatory changes, the article advocates driving sustainable public procurement (SPP) through efficient and available behavioral-economics-inspired “green defaults,” nudging, persuading procurement officials, and, more broadly, rethinking the value proposition when confronted with price premiums.

Keywords: Government Contracts, Public Procurement, Comply or explain, Green defaults, Greenwashing, Life cycle cost analysis, Nudging, Sustainable procurement

JEL Classification: H42, H57, K12, K23, L33, Q56, Q58

Suggested Citation

Klingler, Désirée U. and Schooner, Steven L., Promoting Sustainable Public Procurement Through Economic Policy Tools: From Moral Suasion to Nudging ( 2023). European Journal of Public Procurement Markets, 4(4), 67-79 (2023), GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2023-03, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2023-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4323918

Désirée U. Klingler

University of St. Gallen ( email )

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Yale Law School ( email )

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University of Hamburg, Institute of Law and Economics ( email )

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Steven L. Schooner (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.law.gwu.edu/steven-l-schooner

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