Lessons from Two Public Sector Reforms in Italy

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Nazim Belhocine

International Monetary Fund

La-Bhus Fah Jirasavetakul

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: February 2020

Abstract

The reform of the Italian public administration has been a priority for at least two decades, with several major initiatives undertaken toward modernization and simplification. Notwithstanding laudable intentions, however, progress remains limited. This analysis is a case study of two reforms since 2016-on the rationalization of state-owned enterprises and of public procurement. It finds that original reform provisions were weakened or overturned, regulatory complexity and uncertainties in the application of the reforms blunted their impact, and enforcement mechanisms were inadequate. Addressing these gaps will be essential for successfully modernizing Italy's public administration.

Keywords: Public investments, Demographic indicators, Economic growth, Financial crises, Public procurement, Italy, public administration reform, public sector, state-owned enterprises, public procurement., WP, public investment, SOEs, contract authority, procurement, MEF

JEL Classification: D73, H4, H54, H57, H7, E01, E62, F16, O4

Suggested Citation

Belhocine, Nazim and Jirasavetakul, La-Bhus Fah, Lessons from Two Public Sector Reforms in Italy (February 2020). IMF Working Paper No. 20/40, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3555909

Nazim Belhocine (Contact Author)

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La-Bhus Fah Jirasavetakul

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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