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Sustainable public procurement in practice: case study evidence from Ireland

Flynn, Anthony ORCID:, Davis, Paul, McKevitt, David and McEvoy, Emma 2013. Sustainable public procurement in practice: case study evidence from Ireland. Albano, Gian Luigi, Snider, Keith F. and Thai, Khi V., eds. Charting a Course in Public Procurement Innovation and Knowledge Sharing, Boca Raton, Florida: PRAcademic Press, pp. 150-172.
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It is this sustainable procurement concept that serves as the focus for an exploratory case study of a local government authority in Ireland and its attempts to match procurement processes to corporate objectives. In so doing it helps to address the paucity of research on local government procurement in an Irish context. It is reported that maximising value for money and regulatory compliance need not come at the expense of facilitating small indigenous suppliers, supporting local supply chains, improving environmental outcomes and delivering a better public service. Moreover, the findings show that procurement can play a critical role in giving effect to the corporate objectives of local government authorities. The structure of the paper is as follows. Firstly, an analysis of recent policy as it relates to public sector procurement in Ireland is overviewed. The next section charts the expanding role of public procurement as reflected in both academic and policy developments. Findings from the small but growing literature on sustainable public procurement are then discussed. Thereafter, the research methodology will be outlined and the research findings described.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Publisher: PRAcademic Press
ISBN: 9780966886474
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 October 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 11:18

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