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1st Edition

International Handbook of Public Procurement

Edited By

Khi V. Thai

ISBN 9781420054576
Published August 28, 2008 by Routledge
840 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since the 1990s, government at all levels is under increasing pressure to do more with less. However, despite the U.S. government spending about 15 to 20 percent of its GDP on contracts for goods and services, there is a paucity of reference books for public procurement officials and very few textbooks for courses on the subject.

Filling this void, the International Handbook of Public Procurement provides the knowledge necessary to understand how procurement works and how to improve the cost-effectiveness of procurement systems. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the book focuses on the managerial, economic, political, and legal aspects of this topic. It begins with a conceptual framework and highlights various reforms occurring in certain countries. By examining these improvements, readers are able to apply this knowledge to their own strategies.

The next section presents selected cases that illustrate the public procurement process, examining systems in various nations including Germany, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Uganda, and Estonia. The book also discusses the rise of electronic procurement systems (E-procurement) and reviews the benefits of these efficient systems. Other topics presented in this comprehensive volume include practical discussions on contract negotiations, bidding, price strategies and cost analysis, and an insightful chapter on the market’s response to contract award announcements.

A virtual encyclopedia from numerous international experts, this book was assembled by Khi V. Thai, Professor at Florida Atlantic University and Editor of the Journal of Public Procurement. Dr. Thai has provided technical assistance in the area of public procurement to governments across the world. Empowering those on all sides of the issue, this volume dispenses advice valuable to  government officials and contractors, as well as providing a comprehensive text for public administration students.

Table of Contents

International Public Procurement: Concepts and Practices, K.V. Thai
Framework for Assessing the Acquisition Function at Federal Agencies, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Assessing Federal Procurement Reform: Has the Procurement Pendulum Stopped Swinging?, J.A. Pegnato
Analytical Framework for the Management and Reform
of Public Procurement, P.R. Schapper, J.V. Malta, and D.L. Gilbert
EU Directives as Anticorruption Measures: Excluding Corruption-Convicted Tenderers from Public Procurement Contracts, T.M. Arnáiz
Public Procurement Reforms in Africa: A Tool for Effective Governance of the Public Sector and Poverty Reduction, B. Basheka
Simulation Approach to In-House versus Contracted Out Cost Comparisons, D.R. Deis, H. Schneider, C.G. Wilmot, and C.H. Coates, Jr.
Public Procurement Organization: A Comparison of Purchasing’s Organizational Roles and Responsibilities in the Public and Private Sectors, P.F. Johnson, M.R. Leenders, and C. McCue
Service Sourcing, A. Ancarani
How Many Vendors Does it Take to Screw Down a Price? A Primer on Competition in Procurement, J.M. Keisler and W.A. Buehring
Public Procurement in the United Nations System, T. Sakane
EC Regime on Public Procurement, S. Arrowsmith
U.S. Federal Government Procurement: Organizational Structure, Process, and Current Issues, K. Caravella
Public Procurement in Germany, M. Eßig, S. Dorobek, A. Glas, and S. Leuger
China’s Government Procurement Policy and Institutional Framework: History, Structure, and Operation, C. Fuguo
Overview of the Government Procurement System in South Africa, P. Bolton
Public Procurement in Cambodia, D. S. Jones
Procurement Systems in Uganda, E. Agaba and N. Shipman
Public Procurement in Post-Transitional Context: The Case of Estonia, V. Lember and V. Vaske
Procurement Process in the Public Sector: An International Perspective, N. Caldwell and E. Bakker
Key Issues in E-Procurement: Procurement Implementation and Operation in the Public Sector, S.R. Croom and A. Brandon-Jones
Factors Influencing E-Procurement Usage, K. Dooley and S. Purchase
Facilitators of Public E-Procurement: Lessons Learned
from the U.K., U.S., and Australian Initiatives, K. Vaidya, G.C. Callender, and A.S.M. Sajeev
Evaluation of Public E-Procurement Services Accessibility: A Multicriteria Approach, G. Bruno, E. Esposito, and M. Mastroianni
The World Bank E-Procurement for the Selection of Consultants: Challenges and Lessons Learned, K. Leipold, J. Klemow, F. Holloway, and K. Vaidya
E-Procurement Management in State Governments: Diffusion of E-Procurement Practices and Its Determinants, M.J. Moon

Best Practices: Using Spend Analysis to Help Agencies Take a More Strategic Approach to Procurement, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Contract Negotiations, W.C. Lawther
Controlling Service Process Performance with Statistical Process Control, R.G. Kauffman
Fixed Asset Disposal: Methods and Strategies for Disposing of Personal Property in the Public Sector, D. Matthews and E. Gibson
Enhancing Use of Past Performance as a Source Selection Criterion, K.F. Snider and M.F. Walkner
Ban-on-Negotiations in Tender Procedures: Undermining the Best Value for Money?, K. Krüger
Bid Protests: Theory and Practice, R.E. Lloyd
Decision Technological Foundations of Public Procurement Processes, C. Csáki and P. Gelléri
Pricing Strategies and Cost Analysis in Public Procurement, R.G. Rhodd
Public–Private Partnerships, L.L. Martin
Market’s Response to Contract Award Announcements: Government versus Corporate Contracts, S.J. Larson and A. Picou
Economic Context of Public Procurement, G.C. Callender and D. Matthews

Offset Policy Design in International Procurement, T.K. Taylor 
Regression Approach for Estimating Procurement Cost, G.W. Moore and E.D. White III
Procurement Design: Lessons from Economic Theory and Illustrations from the Dutch Procurement of Welfare-to-Work Projects, S. Onderstal and F. Felsö

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