Abstract:This chapter introduces key issues for multi‐level governance in Italy. These are presented in the context of the relative economic performance among Italian regions and the persistent regional disparities. The chapter discusses the evolution towards increased decentralisation following the recent constitutional reforms. It presents competitiveness and regional development policies in the multi‐level governance framework. Finally the chapter also discusses the issues at stake for the liberalisation of local public services in Italy, with past and recent efforts, as well as economic and structural challenges.
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2010-02-01