Reforming Italy: Institutional Change and the Federal Option

19 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2010

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Michael Keating

University of Aberdeen School of Social Science

Alex Benjamin Wilson

University of Aberdeen

Date Written: October 13, 2010

Abstract

The reform of regional government has been a key element in efforts to reform the Italian state. The aims are administrative modernization; national integration; coherent regional development; fiscal responsibility and equity; and wider democratic engagement. The parties have converged in the idea of federalism, but interpret it very differently. As agreed reform has proved impossible, governments have sought change on partisan lines. Large-scale or ‘big bang’ reforms have faltered but incremental reforms have been achieved. Frequently, however, these are contradictory or not followed through with enabling laws or financial provisions. The outcome is an increase in the disparities in capacity and performance among regions rather than a new federal equilibrium.

Keywords: Italy, Regionalism, Federalism, Constitutional Reform

Suggested Citation

Keating, Michael and Wilson, Alex Benjamin, Reforming Italy: Institutional Change and the Federal Option (October 13, 2010). Edinburgh Europa Paper No. 2010/04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1691608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1691608

Michael Keating (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen School of Social Science ( email )

Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

Alex Benjamin Wilson

University of Aberdeen ( email )

Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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