A New Role for Citizens in Public Procurement
Public procurement is a place where governments and companies used to be alone, and where citizens are increasingly present. Examining the rules under which governments acquire goods and services is fundamental to determine how transparent and competitive governments are when purchasing with taxpayer money. Transparent procurement increases social and consumer welfare, it ensures sound national and local government budgeting, stimulates an economy based on innovation, and strengthens democratic governance. The first publication of the Citizens & Markets initiative seeks to analyze the transformations that can take place when citizens enter public procurement processes, and identifies areas where more research is needed. The book focuses on trends around the globe, with contributions from different sectors and countries.