ERA Forum

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 7–24 | Cite as

Joint public procurement

  • Tünde TátraiEmail author


Joint public procurement is an opportunity that first appeared with the new European Public Procurement Directives. The significance of joint public procurement should not be exaggerated, but it is important to explore its advantages, its possible applications and its occasional disadvantages. Joint public procurement can not be managed independently from the decisions or the internal organisational matters of the contracting authorities or entities. There are plenty of potential research questions that widen the scope of understanding of the joint procurement framework system. A better understanding of everyday practice could make it clear that joint implementation of projects does not directly yield cheaper and more efficient public procurement.


Joint procurement Collaborative purchasing Dependence asymmetry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of the Institute of Business EconomicsCorvinus University of BudapestBudapestHungary

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