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This review presents a general picture of the overall regulatory reform frameworks in Italy, examining quality regulation, competition policy and professional services. The review also offers a special focus on multi‐level governance, where key issues
include local public services, commercial distribution, local transport and energy.
The review finds that Italy has made significant progress using regulatory reform since the first OECD review in 2001. Administrative simplification and the increasing role
of competition policy, combined with devolution of state powers to regions, have helped. But there are still key challenges for regulatory policy and its implementation, including enforcement, capacity in the civil service, impact analysis for evidence‐based
decision‐making, and building a culture of consultation. The current global economic crisis is an opportunity for Italy to further clarify how the state intervenes in the economy, to improve multi‐level co‐ordination, and to expand competition
in specific sectors.
Acronyms Executive Summary PART I. REGULATORY REFORM AND LIBERALISATION POLICIES IN ITALY Chapter 1. Performance and Appraisal ‐The Macroeconomic Context ‐Regulatory Reform and Liberalisation Policies and their
Contribution to Performance So Far ‐Goals, Progress and Results ‐Regulatory Reform: Strengthening the Foundations for Future Growth PART II. REGULATORY POLICIES AND OUTCOMES Chapter 2. Government Capacity to Asssure High‐Quality Reform Chapter
3. Competition Policy Chapter 4. Competition and Regulatory Reforms in Professional Services PART III. MULTI‐LEVEL GOVERNANCE Chapter 5. Key Issues ‐Introduction ‐Economic Performance among Italian Regions: Larte and Persistent
Regional Disparities ‐Multi‐Level Governance in Italy: The Evolution Towards Increased Decentralisation ‐Competitiveness and Regional Development Policies in Italy's Multi‐Level Governance Framework ‐The Liberalisation of Local Public
Services in Italy Chapter 6. The Challenges of Efficient Regulation in a Multi‐Level Governance Context Chapter 7. Competition and Regulatory Reform in Commercial Distribution Chapter 8. Local Transport Chapter 9. Energy