Purchasing (for) social value: social procurement and new public governance

Date 12:30 PM 26 May 2016 - 13:30 PM 26 May 2016
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room

This presentation will review the history of social procurement, outline contemporary approaches and consider their implications for creating social value and public policy.

Presenter: Professor Jo Barraket

Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar


Purchasing (for) social value: social procurement and new public governance

The role of procurement in the creation of social or public value has a long history in public policy and is increasingly being adopted by private for profit firms in order to improve corporate citizenship and commercial performance. In recent years, governments have revisited the ways in which they can better utilise their public spend in order to maximise social value through, for example, increasing market opportunities for Indigenous-owned businesses and creating employment for people disadvantaged in the labour market by contracting social enterprises and other social benefit providers. This presentation will review the history of social procurement, outline contemporary approaches and consider their implications for creating social value and public policy

Professor Jo Barraket is Director of the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne at Swinburne University. A political sociologist, Jo specialises in social enterprise and relationships between governments and not for profit organisations in the design and implementation of public policy. Jo is the author of more than 45 academic publications, including a new bookSocial Procurement and New Public Governance (Routledge: 2016).

Please RSVP to attend this event for seating purposes jdouglas(at)bsl.org.au


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