Small Business Contracting in America and Europe: A Comparison of Approaches

Report Number: NPS-CM-09-004

Series: Contract Management

Category: Small Business

Report Series: Working Paper

Authors: Max Kidalov

Title: Small Business Contracting in America and Europe: A Comparison of Approaches

Published: 2010-03-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2009/NPS-CM-09-004.pdf

Keywords: Small business, small and medium enterprises, SMEs, procurement, government contracts, public contracts, set-asides, preferences, subcontracting, international trade, competition, innovation, comparat

Abstract:

The United States, the EU, and virtually all European nations undertook solemn commitments to promote small business access to public procurement and R&D programs as part of the 2000 OECD Bologna Charter on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Policies. Notwithstanding these mutual commitments, the Europeans have continued challenging America