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Special Issue of Economia e Politica Industriale - Journal of Industrial and Business Economics

Public Procurement: New Theoretical and Empirical Developments 

Guest Edited by:

Stéphane Saussier, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, stephane.saussier@univ-paris1.fr
Paola Valbonesi, University of Padova, Italy, paola.valbonesi@unipd.it
Public procurement represents a substantial part of governments’ expenses (on average, more than 15% of European GDP — European Commission http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/accessing-markets/public-procurement/). In times of tight government budgets, public procurement has become an even more important priority in the aim to reach “the best value for money”. In addition, the policy debate is steering towards an increased use of outsourcing as an active driver for achieving political objectives such as sustainable growth, stimulating innovation, facilitating SMEs participation, enhancing environment protection and social cohesion. The cost of addressing these important long term objectives is still unclear, though recent research is offering some numbers. Economic research is lagging behind the policy debate on many of these issues; and existing research findings, even the most robust ones, are typically not taken into account by the lawmakers that are reforming rules on these partnerships around the world, with rather poor results in terms of the quality of regulation.
The 2018 special issue of Economia e Politica Industriale - Journal of Industrial and Business Economics aims at both investigating these complex issues and stimulating/disseminating research on them, possibly also to practitioners and to lawmakers. We especially welcome theoretical and empirical papers focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics in Public Procurement:
- Awarding Procedures, Mechanism Design and Efficiency;
- Performance and Renegotiation;
- Incentives to foster Innovation;
- Corruption and Rent Seeking activities;
- SMEs Participation and Subcontracting;
- Flexibility, Discretion and Accountability;
- Public Procurement and Social Objectives;
- The Different Tools of Public Procurement (traditional procurement contracts, PPPs, …);
- Green Procurement;
- Public vs Private Governance.

Key dates 

The deadline for submission of papers to the special issue is March 31, 2017. The publication of the special issue is expected as the first issue 2018 (on March 2018).
All submissions will be subject to the standard review process followed by Economia e Politica Industriale - Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. All manuscripts must be original, unpublished works that are not concurrently under review for publication elsewhere. All submissions should conform to the journal manuscript submission guidelines available at http://www.springer.com/economics/industrial+organization/journal/40812.