‘Double-taxing’ Indigenous business: exploring the effects of political discourse on the transfer of public procurement policy

Leanne Cutcher, Jarrod Ormiston*, Caitlin Gardner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article details how shifts in political discourse can reconfigure the intent, and effect the outcomes, of public procurement policy. Through critical discourse analysis of public procurement policies focused on supplier diversity in Australia, we explore how discursive struggles over policy meaning and intent can have real effects. Our findings show how the intent of public procurement policy shifted from stimulating Indigenous entrepreneurial activity to affirmative action in employment. We highlight how this policy mutation shifted responsibility for solving the intractable problem of Indigenous unemployment away from the government and corporate Australia and on to Indigenous business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1398-1422
Number of pages25
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume22
Issue number9
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • discourse analysis
  • INDIGENOUS INNOVATION
  • policy transfer
  • policy mutation
  • public procurement
  • supplier diversity
  • ASSEMBLAGES
  • SECTOR
  • INNOVATION
  • TRANSLATION
  • MOBILITIES
  • SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT
  • PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
  • UK
  • CONVERGENCE
  • DIFFUSION
  • Discourse analysis
  • Indigenous business

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