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Promoting Good Governance, Development and Accountability: by S. Brown-Shafii

By S. Brown-Shafii

In addressing the politics of the foreign rules of public procurement, this publication fills a huge hole within the literature. Brown-Shafii does this through investigating even if a WTO contract can be utilized to advertise strong governance, improvement and responsibility.

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Once again, issues of this nature have been raised by academics, this time in the legal community. Yukins and Schooner, for example, recently recognized the ‘interests and priorities of various stakeholders in the procurement process’ as a ‘critical yet under-explored piece of the ... policy puzzle’ (Yukins and Schooner, 2007). Others, as suggested earlier in this introduction, have called for expansion of the rights of individuals affected by administrative decisions(Geradin, 2004;Gordon, 2006).

Citing Lloyd Gardner (1964), David Green (1971) and others, Helleiner says that the South American project – known as the ‘Good Neighbor Policy’ and initially linked to the Democrat’s plans for an Inter-American Bank– was motivated by a quest to detain both the Nazi influence and the appeal of radical economic ideologies; it specifically ‘rejected the laissez-faire, export-oriented economic policies of the pre-1930s era in favour of more statist economic policies that would promote industrialization, the growth of an internal market, national ownership, and better social conditions’ (Helleiner, 2006).

As will be seen, however, one cannot appreciate the comparative politics that underlie the GPA’s regulatory methodology without revisiting it. When the post-war, international economic order initially came into being, several of its prime intellectual architects were in the process of nationalizing key sectors of their economies. The First World War, it will be recalled, had destroyed what had been a generally stable, liberal international economic order. indd 29 3/22/2011 2:14:15 PM 30 Promoting Good Governance, Development and Accountability be appropriate (Gilpin, 1987; Tumlir, 1982).

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