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Buying Social JusticeEquality, Government Procurement, and Legal Change$
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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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Buying Social Justice

Christopher McCrudden

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This chapter examines the use of procurement linkages as part of national industry policy. It considers its use by government to achieve certain more narrowly social policy functions, in particular to foster the creation of jobs to relieve unemployment, to promote fair labour conditions, and to promote the increased utilization of the disabled in employment. The chapter proceeds as follows. Part I discusses the use of procurement to promote various differing aspects of national industrial policy: protecting national industry against foreign competition, the promotion and restriction of the use of prison labour, improving the competitiveness of certain industrial sectors, remedying regional disparities, and serving as an instrument of general economic policy. Part II focuses on the use of public works to create employment. Part III discusses public procurement and labour relations. Part IV examines the link between disability and procurement.

Keywords:   procurement, national industry policy, social policy, employment creation, labour relations, disability

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