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How Governments Support Innovation Through Public Procurement: Comparing Evidence from 11 Countries

In: Public Procurement, Innovation and Policy


  • Veiko Lember

    (Tallinn University of Technology)

  • Rainer Kattel

    (Tallinn University of Technology)

  • Tarmo Kalvet

    (Tallinn University of Technology)


This final chapter summarizes the main findings from the 11 country chapters presented in the book. We categorize the current public procurement of innovation (PPI) policy practices and explore the factors behind policy developments. Although countries have followed rather different paths in PPI policy-making, we detect a certain general PPI trajectory over the past three decades—while during the industrial policy era up until the 1980s public procurement was mostly used to induce new technologies and entire industries via direct public technology procurement programs as well as R&D procurement, the emerging policy consensus puts an emphasis on more holistic ideas and sees public procurement as a more generic tool in promoting innovation. We conclude, however, that today there is no single dominant policy approach governments follow and that the actual PPI policy measures implemented are still cautious and indirect rather than substantial and direct, and that the very process of public procurement plays a far more modest role in the actual implementation of PPI policies than expected.

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  • Veiko Lember & Rainer Kattel & Tarmo Kalvet, 2014. "How Governments Support Innovation Through Public Procurement: Comparing Evidence from 11 Countries," Springer Books, in: Veiko Lember & Rainer Kattel & Tarmo Kalvet (ed.), Public Procurement, Innovation and Policy, edition 127, chapter 0, pages 287-309, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-642-40258-6_14
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-40258-6_14

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    1. Sergey Tsygankov & Vadim Syropyatov & Vyacheslav Volchik, 2021. "Institutional Governance of Innovations: Novel Insights of Leadership in Russian Public Procurement," Economies, MDPI, vol. 9(4), pages 1-16, December.
    2. Xiaoli Wang & Yun Liu & Yanbing Ju, 2018. "Sustainable Public Procurement Policies on Promoting Scientific and Technological Innovation in China: Comparisons with the U.S., the UK, Japan, Germany, France, and South Korea," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 10(7), pages 1-27, June.
    3. Andrea Bentancor & Gustavo Crespi & Virginia Robano, 2019. "Public procurement as a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship," Documentos de Investigación 120, Universidad ORT Uruguay. Facultad de Administración y Ciencias Sociales.


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