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Buying Social Justice – Equality, Government Procurement, and Legal Change - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Buying Social Justice: Equality, Government Procurement, and Legal Change

Christopher McCrudden


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 soc ... More

Keywords: social equality, social justice, spending power, regulation of procurement, procurement policy, international economic law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232420
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232420.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher McCrudden, author
Professor of Human Rights Law and Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford

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