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Christopher McCrudden

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232420.001.0001

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Changing Approaches to Procurement Linkages in the Community and Beyond

Changing Approaches to Procurement Linkages in the Community and Beyond

(p.361) 12 Changing Approaches to Procurement Linkages in the Community and Beyond
Buying Social Justice

Christopher McCrudden

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the reasons for the increasing popularity of procurement linkages generally in some countries. Two significant developments since the early 1990s are identified that affected the policy context in which procurement linkages came to be reassessed, both globally and in the EC: the growth of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and the increasing importance of environmental issues. Procurement linkages came to be seen as a useful tool for helping to deliver both these policies. Clarification of the legal position of procurement linkages under EC law was a third important additional factor contributing to such linkages. The more the procurement directives and EC law in general were seen as legally compatible with such linkages, the less the justification for not adopting them at the national level.

Keywords:   procurement regulation, European Community, public procurement, corporate social responsibility, environmental protection, green procurement

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