Public Procurement of Critical Services - Analysis of Effects on Societal Safety
The ProCrits project will reveal the effects of tendering on the resilience of critical services. We will include perspectives of law and economy, and the dynamics of the tendering process for the organizational qualities that are important for resilience. Even though procurement regulation recently was revised to take account of important societal values (environmental issues, social responsibility and worker rights, see Norwegian public procurement act §5), societal safety and inter-organizational collaboration remain absent in procurement regulation.
Our project will enhance the understanding of conditions for and consequences of different models of coordination, policy instruments and management tools, and how private actors contribute to societal security. Specifically, the project will generate new in-depth knowledge in
1) transport of critically ill and
2) security and preparedness services.
By combining law studies with specialists on organizational safety, linking empirical research results to legal analysis of international and Norwegian law, the project will develop knowledge with relevance for public procurement legislation and practices across sectors. Further, by including two PhD projects the project will contribute to further development establish a national research collaboration between UiS, UiO and NTNU Social research with a strong international network of research competence expertise within the field.