Substantive and Objective Criteria in Preferential Public Procurement: The Case of the 2011 Regulations in South Africa

  • Stephen de La Harpe
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


The author subjects methods of calculating and attributing points for preferential purpose in government contracts to intense scrutiny and finds that substantive and objective criteria for the empowerment of preferred groups often clash. While Harpe (de La) takes a different view from the proponents of perfect freedom in public procurement schemes in the developing countries, he nevertheless finds “termites” that undermine the substantive goals of empowerment. These undermining factors are related to the absence of a time limit on the use of preferences to achieve noneconomic, targeted, or collateral objectives in public procurement.


World Trade Organization Objective Criterion Public Procurement Most Favored Nation Preferential Procurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen de La Harpe
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  1. 1.North West UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa

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