Strategic use and social taming: Opening up the doctrine of market competition in public procurement

Detlef Sack, Katharina Sarter

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    The chapter deals with the semantic changes from a strictly market-oriented policy to ‘green and social procurement’ in European competition policy. It contributes empirically to the framing approach in the research on European politics by focussing on interest group framing. With an estimated share of expenditures of between 17-19% of GDP in the EU public procurement is of high economic relevance. In this policy sub-system we identify a shift from market-, state- and civil society-oriented policy frames to a de-politicised techno-juridical frame from the early 2000s onwards. Due to local discretion, party politics, and European adjudication the implementation of the Procurement Directive 2004 resulted in variegated rules at the sub-national level. Triggered by this divergence the frame of legal uncertainty has become the major impulse for re-regulation since 2010.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of European Policies
    Subtitle of host publicationInterpretive Approaches to the EU
    EditorsHubert Heinelt, Sybille Münch
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    ISBN (Print)978 1 78471 935 7
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


    • Public Procurement
    • market competition
    • European Union


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