CircPro partner will publish a book on innovation in public procurement where partnership discussions have acted as one of the sources of ideas for the authors.

The University of Turin is pleased to announce that the book G. M. Racca – C. R. Yukins, (eds. by), Joint Public Procurement and Innovation: lessons across borders, Bruylant, 2019 will be published in a few weeks.


The book leads with the Innovation in public procurement, which is essential for sustainable and inclusive growth in an increasingly globalized and circular economy. To achieve that potential, both the promises and the perils of innovation must be investigated, including the risks and opportunities of joint procurement across borders in the European Union and the United States.

This in-depth research investigates innovation in public procurement from three different perspectives. First, leading academics and practitioners assess the purchase of innovation, with a particular focus on urban public contracting in smart cities involving meta-infrastructures, public-private partnership arrangements and smart contracts. A second line of inquiry looks for ways to encourage innovative suppliers. Here, the collected authors draw on emerging lessons from the US and Europe, to explore both the costs and the benefits of spurring innovation through procurement. 

A third perspective looks to various innovations in the procurement process itself, with a focus on the effects of joint and cross-border procurement in the EU and US landscapes. The chapters review new technologies and platforms, the increasingly automated means of selecting suppliers, and the related efficiencies that “big data” can bring to public procurement.  

Expanding on research in the editors’ prior volume Integrity and Efficiency in Sustainable Public Contracts: Balancing Corruption Concerns in Public Procurement Internationally, Bruylant, 2014, this volume builds on a series of academic conferences and exchanges to address these issues from sophisticated academic, institutional and practical perspectives, and to point the way to future research on the contractual models that are emerging from new procurement technologies. A great opportunity for a better understanding of the book's issues was the involvement in the EU Projects Happi, PPI2Innovate and, more recently, CircPro and Euriphi, with the fruitful discussions with all the partners.

List of contributors  

Directed by G.M. Racca and C. R. Yukins, this book contains the texts of: J.-B. Auby, A. Asatryan, M. Borodina, R. Cavallo Perin, L. Diesing, G.M. Di Giuda, D. Dragos, G.F. Ferrari, L. Folliot-Lalliot, J.M. Gimeno Feliu, M. Ismail, J. Kaufman, C. Kronke, I. Locatelli, P. Magina, P.T. McKeen, A. Miño Lopez, J. Molino, M. Pignatti, S. Ponzio, G.M. Racca, B. Racolța, A. Romeo, C. Santerre-Funderburg, D. Schoeni, M.A. Simovart, P. Valcarcel Fernandez, C.R. Yukins