Public procurement as a policy tool: the territorial dimension

Eckersley, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9048-8529, Flynn, A., Lakoma, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-2583-3813 and Ferry, L., 2023. Public procurement as a policy tool: the territorial dimension. Regional Studies, 57 (10), pp. 2087-2101. ISSN 0034-3404

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We analysed 90,000 contracts involving UK local authorities between 2015-19 to examine patterns and potential drivers of regional sourcing. We found councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are much more likely to select suppliers based within their regions compared to their counterparts in England. We found no discernible trend of English councils increasingly preferring regional suppliers, and no correlation between party-political control and regional sourcing. We suggest contrasting institutional and political contexts determine these territorial differences and present a framework to explain supplier selection in these terms, incorporating a territorial dimension alongside more traditional left-right ideological factors.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Regional Studies
Creators: Eckersley, P., Flynn, A., Lakoma, K. and Ferry, L.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2023
Volume: 57
Number: 10
ISSN: 0034-3404
Rights: © 2022 the author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 07 Oct 2022 16:48
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 08:43

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