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Government, Governance and Welfare Reform

Structural Changes and Subsidiarity in Italy and Britain Edited by Alberto Brugnoli Professor of Applied Economics, Università degli Studi di Bergamo and Director General, Éupolis Lombardia – Institute for Research, Statistics and Training, Lombardy, Italy and Alessandro Colombo, Director, ‘Governance and Institutions’ Strategic Unit, Éupolis Lombardia – Institute for Research, Statistics and Training, Lombardy, Italy
This unique and original book focuses on institutional changes, welfare reforms and transformations in both Britain and Italy over the last three decades.
Extent: 200 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 84844 477 5
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This unique and original book focuses on institutional changes, welfare reforms and transformations in both Britain and Italy over the last three decades.

The book illustrates that although it was a widely held belief in both countries that the arena of social and economic governance would shift to the national level, to the surprise of many, a different trend has emerged. In otherwise very different national experiences, both Britain and Italy have seen the sub-national level of governance become crucial in redefining public services, and in designing, delivering, and monitoring key services. The expert contributors use a distinctive and original principle – subsidiarity – as a lens through which to examine and assess these governance regimes, their philosophies, and their organizational choices.

Academics, researchers and students of social policy, public policy, public administration and regional studies will find this book to be a highly fascinating read. It will also provide a wealth of information for policymakers and think tanks.
‘Alberto Brugnoli and Alessandro Colombo have put together an important collection of essays on government and governance in Italy and Britain. This richly documented comparative study proposes to answer two key questions: how does the change from government to governance emerge, and what enables this transformation to survive and even to displace State-centric solutions to public policy issues? The book will be a milestone in highlighting the distinctive and original role of the principle of subsidiarity, in examining and assessing governance regimes, their philosophy and their organizational choices and in linking subsidiarity with the prospects of freedom, responsibility and self-governing societies in the modern world. I know of no other book that brings the principle of subsidiarity to the frontier of the most current research in social science.’
– Filippo Sabetti, McGill University, Canada
Contributors: M.M. Beber, A. Brugnoli, L. Campiglio, D. Capone, A. Colombo, H. Haugh, M. Keating, M. Kitson, J. Le Grand, A. Martinelli, T. O’Sullivan, L. Ornaghi, M. Powell, L. Violini, G. Vittadini, S. Zamagni
Contents:

Introduction
Alberto Brugnoli and Alessandro Colombo

PART I: GOVERNANCE AND GOVERNMENT: BEYOND THE STATE-CENTRIC APPROACH
1. Key Principles of Governance
Alberto Martinelli

2. Subsidiarity: A New Partnership between State, Market and Civil Society
Giorgio Vittadini

3. Governance and Subsidiarity
Lorenzo Ornaghi

PART II: BUILDING COMPETITIVENESS: TERRITORIES, INSTITUTIONS AND SOCIAL CAPITAL
4. The New Regionalism
Michael Keating

5. Regional Competitiveness and Regional Policy in the UK
Michael Kitson

6. The Pursuit of Regional Competitiveness in Lombardy: Productivity, Resilience and Aggregate Welfare
Massimo M. Beber and Alberto Brugnoli

PART III: WELFARE REFORMS: FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN EMPOWERED SOCIETY
7. The Lombardy Model of Governance
Alessandro Colombo and Tim O’Sullivan

8. Innovation in Governance: The Involvement of Social Enterprises in Health Service Delivery
Helen Haugh

9. Horizontal Subsidiarity in Lombardy and the UK: Decentralization, Partnership and Governance of Welfare
Martin Powell

10. New Frontiers of Welfare State and New Challenges for the Third Sector
Stefano Zamagni

PART IV: THE FUTURE OF INVESTING IN PEOPLE: FROM STATE MONOPOLY TO RESPONSIBLE CHOICE
11. The Importance of Investing in Very Young People
Luigi Campiglio

12. Subsidiarity and Individual Responsibility: Quasi-markets and Asset-based Welfare
Julian Le Grand

13. Freedom of Choice in the Italian Educational System: The Idea of a Dote
Lorenza Violini and Daniele Capone

Conclusions
Alberto Brugnoli and Alessandro Colombo

Index