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Routines and Communities of Practice in Public Environmental Procurement Processes

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  • Larsen, Katarina

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Svane, Örjan

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

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    Environmental procurement has received increasing attention as a policy tool promoting change towards sustainable consumption and production. The successful implementation of public environmental procurement policy requires the establishment of new routines for user-producer-supplier relationships that enable the integration of environmental aspects. The aim of the study is to analyse the roles of different communities of practice and learning patterns in environmental procurement processes. Building on experiences from the procurement of ecological food and sustainable construction in Stockholm, the paper identifies learning patterns and codes of practice when environmental criteria are introduced into existing routines for economic and technical specifications in public procurement processes.

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    Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 44.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: 28 Dec 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0044

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    Keywords: Public environmental procurement; routines and codes of practice; procedural and declarative knowledge; vertical and horizontal learning; City of Stockholm;

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    1. Nissinen, A. & Parikka-Alhola, K. & Rita, H., 2009. "Environmental criteria in the public purchases above the EU threshold values by three Nordic countries: 2003 and 2005," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(6), pages 1838-1849, April.

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