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EU Public Procurement Policy: Crisis‑induced Harmonization as Driver for European Integration?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Europe research – the EU in regional and global politics)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9664-1456
2017 (English)In: 11th ECPR General Conference, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Since 2008, Europe has been facing an economic crisis with considerable impacts on all EU member states. The enduring crisis situation has been an exogenous trigger for policy changes and has impacted different EU policy fields. Studies have examined the crisis effects on the European internal market by focusing predominantly on financial market regulations. One area has been neglected so far. The regulation of public procurement is one core driver for competitiveness and growth in the member states. Public procurement has become a ‘policy strategy instrument’ and is considered key for lifting the EU out of the crisis. It accounts for approximately 14% of EU GDP involving a population of over 250.000 contracting public authorities. In 2014, new EU rules were adopted to reshape the European public procurement procedures. The public procurement regime reflects two opposite dynamics: the strengthening of the internal market by harmonization and the orientation on national priorities. By analyzing the impacts of the economic crisis on the EU policy on public procurement through historical institutionalist lens, this study demonstrates how the economic crisis shaped the regime on public procurement and how the EU managed to enhance harmonization and European integration despite an increasing national protectionism.Share this page

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
European integration; economic crisis; historical institutionalism; policy change; internal market; public procurement
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75084DiVA, id: diva2:1213949
Conference
11th ECPR General Conference, University of Oslo, Oslo, 6-9 September 2017.
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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