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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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Set-asides in the United States and Canada

Set-asides in the United States and Canada

(p.167) 7 Set-asides in the United States and Canada
Buying Social Justice

Christopher McCrudden

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines different schemes that link the award of contracts to programmes that advantage particular status groups that are considered to be economically disadvantaged by giving preferences to businesses that are owned or controlled by such groups in the award of contracts, so-called ‘set-asides’. It begins by examining the development of set-asides in the United States, including the significant legal challenges to such schemes under the United States Constitution. It then considers the development in Canada of set-asides favouring Aboriginal-owned businesses.

Keywords:   government procurement, affirmative action, Aborigines, procurement linkage, Aboriginal businesses

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