Gender Heterogeneity and Politics in Decision-Making About Green Public Procurement in the Czech Republic

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Gender Heterogeneity and Politics in Decision-Making About Green Public Procurement in the Czech Republic


  • Michal Plaček Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Cristina del Campo Department of Financial and Actuarial Economics and Statistics, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • Vladislav Valentinov Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany
  • Gabriela Vaceková Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic / Ambis University, Czech Republic
  • Markéta Šumpíková Ambis University, Czech Republic
  • František Ochrana Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Czech Republic


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Abstract:  Green public procurement (GPP) is a widely recognized public policy tool that has attracted considerable scholarly research. However, much of this research has paid little attention to the nature of discretionary decision-making on the part of bureaucrats and local politicians; nor has it recognized that a crucial determinant of the implementation of GPP is the extent to which women hold administrative and political positions. While GPP tends to be discussed as a tool for promoting gender equality, we draw on feminist insights to argue that doing so may be a tool for enhancing the uptake and implementation of GPP. Utilizing the data from a large-N survey among local politicians and upper-echelon bureaucrats in the Czech Republic, we develop a path analysis model exploring the influence of gender on their decision-making. The results give credence to our overall argument that women are more likely to promote GPP. This argument not only breaks new ground by revealing the gendered nature of GPP but also generates straightforward policy implications.

Keywords:  decision-making; gender; green public procurement

Published:   Ahead of Print

Issue:   Exploring Climate Policy Ambition (Forthcoming)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v10i3.5408


© Michal Plaček, Cristina del Campo, Vladislav Valentinov, Gabriela Vaceková, Markéta Šumpíková, František Ochrana. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.