Learning-Shaping Crises: A Longitudinal Comparison of Public Personnel Reforms in Italy, 1992‒2014

Di Mascio, Fabrizio, Galli, Davide, Natalini, Alessandro, Ongaro, Edoardo and Stolfi, Francesco (2017) Learning-Shaping Crises: A Longitudinal Comparison of Public Personnel Reforms in Italy, 1992‒2014. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 19 (2). pp. 119-138. ISSN 1387-6988

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2016.1154279


This article analyses the attempts to reform public administration, notably personnel management, in Italy between 1992 and 2014, with a focus on implementation and the period following the multiple crises that have unfolded since 2008. By untangling the policy learning processes between multiple crises, past reform attempts and domestic and European “contexts in motion”, the article finds that efficiency-oriented reforms have floundered regardless of the political color of governments or indeed of the nature – political or technocratic – of the governments. Domestic factors, notably the frequency of government alternation, i.e. government instability, and European pressure have further reinforced the orientation towards single-loop lessons, i.e. the almost exclusive effecting of short-term cost-cutting measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: comparative public management, fiscal retrenchment, crisis management, public personnel policy, qualitative analysis, Italy
Subjects: L200 Politics
R300 Italian studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 15:18
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 17:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26760

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