The Italian Electronic Public Administration Market Place: Small Firm Participation and Satisfaction

  • R. Adinolfi
  • P. Adinolfi
  • M. Marra


The paper reconstructs the path taken by the reform of public procurement in Italy which has gradually evolved from a and centralized market to an open and accessible one. Despite the development of the Electronic Public Administration Market Place (MEPA), information regarding its performance is scant. There are no available collected data on firm satisfaction. The paper discusses the role Consip, a public company owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, has played (and continues to play) to guide the decentralization of public e-procurement. At the same time it shows the results of a sample investigation aimed at analysing the level of satisfaction of small/medium enterprises (SMEs) participating in the MEPA.


Public Procurement Public Body Government Procurement Compounded Index Virtual Market 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business StudiesUniversity of SalernoSalernoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Business StudiesUniversity of SalernoSalernoItaly
  3. 3.Italy’s National Research CouncilInstitute for the Study of Mediterranean SocietiesNaplesItaly

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