Buying into our future: sustainability initiatives in local government procurement

Preuss, Lutz (2007) Buying into our future: sustainability initiatives in local government procurement. Business Strategy and the Environment, 16 (5). pp. 354-365. ISSN 0964-4733

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Local government in the United Kingdom is well placed to make a contribution to sustainable development in its area. Although only enjoying partial autonomy from central government without its own constitutional basis, its aggregate purchasing expenditure dwarfs that of central government. Case study research into procurement by local authorities in England reveals a wide range of activities aimed at addressing the challenges of sustainable development, covering environmental and social as well as economic development aspects. However, these initiatives are still of a patchy nature, in terms of both differences between aspects of sustainability and variation between local authorities. Many sustainability initiatives also have cost implications for local government, which may clash with other priorities. To overcome such barriers, local authorities could cooperate with other public sector organizations in the United Kingdom and beyond, as well as with the private sector, to learn from the sustainability experience elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Autonomy, Economic development, Local government, Public sector, Social development, Sustainable development, Eurasia, Europe, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 13:15
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 13:15
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