Governments are major buyers of goods and services and often discriminate against foreign companies when allocating contracts. This discrimination has led to the inclusion of rules of the game for procurement in trade agreements and internationally-agreed good practices. This book examines how international norms for government procurement are reflected in purchasing practices at the national level and whether there is convergence in policies and approaches across
countries. The approach taken in in the volume is interdisciplinary. Each chapter assesses the current state of play as regards legislation and procurement practices in a given country or region; the
degree to which industrial policy considerations feature in the relevant regulatory frameworks; the existence and use of domestic review procedures to allow firms to contest the behavior of procuring entities; and the availability of data on procurement processes and outcomes.