Author(s) Ana Luísa Castro Ferreira
Advisor(s) Isabel Celeste M. Fonseca
Synopsis This work tries to create a starting point to the theoretical (and, actually, to the practical as well) approach to the public contract adjudication mechanism that is the electronic reverse auction. In fact, that is a poor developed theme in the Portuguese doctrine, which forces the elaboration of an investigation work that can also be a starting point to future works in the vast universe that is the electronic public procurement. Besides, it is a common objective to the Member States of the European Union to follow the technological advances, as well as to create a simpler, more transparent adjudication process. In order to do that, the participants in the adjudication process must know how and when they can use certain electronic adjudication mechanisms. As such, in a first chapter, we want to incorporate de electronic reverse auction in to the public procurement universe, and after we will examine its economical pertinence. Following the study, we will evaluate the place of the electronic reverse auction in the adjudication process, pointing advantages and disadvantages. We will also analyze its development in various European countries, in order to understand the way that different countries deal with this mechanism, specially countries with different cultures and, mostly, different juridical ordainments (as are Portuguese and British, as we well know). To end the study, we will then focus on the place that this mechanism occupies in the precontractual procedure, trying to point out solutions to figure out if, in fact, the electronic reverse auction is a low cost solution in times of crisis.
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