Fulfilling its promise? Strategic public procurement and the impact of equality considerations on employers’ behaviour in Scotland

E.K. Sarter*, Emily Thomson*

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Abstract

Public administration is an important force influencing equality in today’s society. Like budgetary choices, public procurement has increasingly gained attention as a means to promote equality. Yet, there are important gaps in knowledge, especially regarding how equality requirements in public procurement affect company behaviour. This paper sheds first light on the impact strategic public procurement has on employers’ behaviour. Based on empirical research, this paper highlights that companies perceive a limited prevalence of equality stipulations in Scottish public procurement practices and raises doubts about the impact of public procurement practices to create a successful business case for equality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-445
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Money and Management
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • business case
  • gender equality
  • public procurement
  • public sector equality duty
  • Scotland
  • Business case

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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