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International Review of Law, Computers & Technology;29(2-3)
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
This article seeks to examine how public procurement policies for information and communication technology (ICT), aimed at improving the accessibility of ICT for persons with disabilities, have converged internationally. Convergence, in this instance, refers to the international harmonisation or acceptance of common standards and norms. Distinguishing itself from the predominant authorship in the area, this article seeks to explore convergence from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective, by examining the influence of networks of public and private actors on the design of public procurement standards for accessible ICT. Specifically, it will seek to answer how these actors and networks (varying in their level of coordination) have contributed to policy design in a unique area, public procurement of ICT goods and services. The influence of these networks will be discussed through the use of policy documents and semi-structured interviews, to provide empirical support for examining this ‘bottom-up’ analysis and distinguish it from the standard ‘top-down’ model usually employed in this field. This article also focuses on the role of policy actors in the United States and European Union that participated in the harmonisation of public procurement policy and the legal norms and instruments that give these policies their legal effect.
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Giannoumis, G. A. (2015). Transnational convergence of public procurement policy: a ‘bottom-up’analysis of policy networks and the international harmonisation of accessibility standards for information and communication technology. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 29(2-3), 183-206. [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13600869.2015.1055662.
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