Public Procurement Policy in Denmark: A case of Europeanization?

Adam Billing

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The main focus of the project is whether or not Danish public procurement policy is a case of Europeanization The empirical data is the EU public procurement rules in a broader perspective, the Danish Act on Tendering Procedures for Work Contracts (Tilbudsloven), and the Complaint Board for Public Procurement (Klagenævnet for Udbud). I argue that my cases suggest that an unhealthy procurement culture has developed partly due to the very strict EU rules on public procurement, which I identify as an institutional misfit and partly because of the wish of national actors to be appropriate and live up to the EU public procurement law and be fully in compliance. Furthermore, the cases surveyed suggest that EU has been used as a resource to change opportunity structures, and that it has served as an appropriate role-model for actors of national reform and change. My conclusion is that Europeanization as a top-down effect in the case of the surveyed cases cannot explain national changes, but that national reforms and change were instead initiated by national actors without any significant adaptational pressure from the EU. My results therefore suggest that a research design needs to take into account the national beliefs, especially of agenda-setters such as civil servants and how they reinterpret diffused EU-policies.

UddannelserEU-studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato22 mar. 2013
VejledereAngela Bourne


  • Public Procurement
  • Tilbudsloven
  • Klagenævnet for Udbud
  • Europeanization
  • Denmark
  • Danish
  • Directive 2004/18