Public Procurement of Innovation in Sweden

Max Rolfstam, Robert Ågren

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Abstract

Sweden is often thought of as a country with a strong tradition for using
public procurement as a means to stimulate innovation. Early on, Sweden recognized
and developed procedures for using public procurement as a technologydevelopment
tool. After a period where emphasis was put on this aspect of public
procurement Sweden dropped many policy initiatives within this field. This was in
part due to neo-liberal movements during the 1980s which in interaction with a
distributed institutional setup led to the removal of incentives for a procuring
authority to engage in public procurement of innovation. Another contributing
cause was poor policy guidance from the academia upon Sweden’s accession into
the EU, which spread apprehension among procuring authorities. It is not until the last few years that Sweden has started to reengage in public procurement for
innovation policy, by using predominantly government authorities to engage in
public procurement for innovation, and by issuing guidance on the topic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic procurement, innovation and policy : International perspectives
EditorsVeiko Lamber, Rainer Kattel, Tarmo Kalvet
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2014
Pages213-232
Chapter11
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-40257-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Rolfstam, M., & Ågren, R. (2014). Public Procurement of Innovation in Sweden. In V. Lamber, R. Kattel, & T. Kalvet (Eds.), Public procurement, innovation and policy: International perspectives (pp. 213-232). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40258-6_11
Rolfstam, Max ; Ågren, Robert. / Public Procurement of Innovation in Sweden. Public procurement, innovation and policy: International perspectives. editor / Veiko Lamber ; Rainer Kattel ; Tarmo Kalvet. Springer, 2014. pp. 213-232
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Rolfstam, M & Ågren, R 2014, Public Procurement of Innovation in Sweden. in V Lamber, R Kattel & T Kalvet (eds), Public procurement, innovation and policy: International perspectives. Springer, pp. 213-232. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40258-6_11

Public Procurement of Innovation in Sweden. / Rolfstam, Max; Ågren, Robert.

Public procurement, innovation and policy: International perspectives. ed. / Veiko Lamber; Rainer Kattel; Tarmo Kalvet. Springer, 2014. p. 213-232.

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