The 2nd edition of my Public Procurement and the EU Competition Rules (Oxford, Hart, 2015) is now available. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the team at Hart-Bloomsbury for the effort they put into getting the book ready and available 3 months early. It may be "father-like" bias, but I think it looks as good as the 1st edition, if not better.
For those who know the book, the 2nd edition is an update to the 2014 Directives and chapters 5 to 7 are fundamentally different from those in the 1st edition. For those who do not know the book, the following is a short synopsis:
Public procurement and competition law are both important fields of EU
law and policy, intimately intertwined in the creation of the internal
market. Hitherto their close connection has been noted, but not closely
examined. This work is the most comprehensive attempt to date to explain
the many ways in which these fields, often considered independent of
one another, interact and overlap in the creation of the internal
This process of convergence between competition and public
procurement law is particularly apparent in the 2014 Directives on
public procurement, which consolidate the principle of competition in
terms very close to those advanced by the author in the first edition.
This second edition builds upon this approach and continues to ask how
competition law principles inform and condition public procurement
rules, and whether the latter (in their revised form) are adequate to
ensure that competition is not distorted. The second edition also
deepens the analysis of the market behaviour of the public buyer from a
Proceeding through a careful
assessment of the general rules of competition and public procurement,
the book constantly tests the efficacy of these rules against a standard
of the proper functioning of undistorted competition in the market for
public procurement. It also traces the increasing relevance of
competition considerations in the case law of the Court of Justice of
the European Union and sets out criteria and recommendations to continue
influencing the development of EU Economic Law.
You can read an explanation of how it fits with existing literature and the major criticisms that the first edition received here. The full table of contents is available here. Thank you in advance to those of you who will browse the book at your library or buy it from Hart. As always, feedback will be appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org.