publication . Article . 2013

Pushing the boundaries of the social: Private agri-food standards and the governance of fair trade in European Public Procurement

Eleanor Fisher;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The article explores how fair trade and associated private agri-food standards are incorporated into public procurement in Europe. Procurement law is underpinned by principles of equity, non-discrimination and transparency; one consequence is that legal obstacles exist to fair trade being privileged within procurement practice. These obstacles have pragmatic dimensions, concerning whether and how procurement can be used to fulfil wider social policy objectives or to incorporate private standards; they also bring to the fore underlying issues of value. Taking an agency-based approach and incorporating the concept of governability, empirical evidence demonstrates ...
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