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The Internationalization of Government Procurement Regulation$
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Aris C. Georgopulos, Bernard Hoekman, and Petros C. Mavroidis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198796749.001.0001

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US Government Contracting in the Context of Global Public Procurement

US Government Contracting in the Context of Global Public Procurement

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The Internationalization of Government Procurement Regulation

Christopher R. Yukins

Oxford University Press

Since the end of World War II, the United States has consistently pressed to open procurement markets abroad; that commitment to open international procurement markets has, however, been shadowed by a stubborn reluctance to open procurement markets at home. This chapter reviews the US federal procurement market, and discusses how federal procurement laws and regulations, typically created without reference to international best practices or the potential impact on trade, have raised a number of direct and indirect barriers to trade. The chapter assesses why the typical market-opening mechanisms in procurement—transparency, electronic procurement, and bid challenges by affected vendors, for example—have not succeeded in remedying these barriers. It suggests another path forward: opening cooperative channels of communication between those drafting procurement rules, to improve rulemaking and reduce unnecessary barriers to trade. While that cooperation could occur through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation between the United States and Europe, ultimately, regulatory cooperation could be accomplished on a broader scale, through the WTO or other international bodies.

Keywords:   TTIP, WTO, World War II, procurement markets, federal procurement market, barriers to trade

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