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Joining Up the Strands:

Making the Purposes of Public Procurement Regulations Deliverable

Stuart Addy


Keywords: procurement, commissioning, risk-aversion, innovation

There have been many major studies and reports into Public Sector Procurement (PSP) in the United Kingdom (UK). Most are commissioned by and led by appointees from central government and often follow media criticism, making recommendations that are used to amend strategy which is then mandated in legislation. There appears to be a belief that PSP must be managed from the ‘top’ and that it can only be improved or affected by mandate and legislation. The legislation is written to favour the buyer or to respond to specific criticisms from suppliers, rather than being written from the outset with both in mind. There has been little effort reported seeking to create a framework that embraces both, just as there is little evidence that the experiences of the procurement officers are taken into account when amendments to legislation, regulation and procedure are made. This article suggests some implications and possible remedies.
Keywords: procurement; commissioning; risk-aversion; innovation

Stuart Addy spent many years in the public sector involved in procurement strategy. He then spent 16 years in the commercial sector bidding for contracts. Having experience on both sides of the buyer-seller line gave insights but also raised question that led to his interests. For correspondence: <>.


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