Government, Governance and Welfare Reform

Government, Governance and Welfare Reform

Structural Changes and Subsidiarity in Italy and Britain

Edited by Alberto Brugnoli and Alessandro Colombo

This unique and original book focuses on institutional changes, welfare reforms and transformations in both Britain and Italy over the last three decades.

Chapter 13: Freedom of choice in the Italian educational system: the idea of a dote

Lorenza Violini and Daniel Capone

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, regulation and governance, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, welfare states, urban and regional studies, regional studies


Prior to addressing the specific issue of freedom of choice in the Italian educational system, it is necessary to step back and investigate the more general subject of subsidiarity: in fact, in Italy, it is within this context that historically and culturally the ‘educational bond’ can be placed. In particular, it is important to summarize the ways subsidiarity became part of the Italian legal system (after its introduction in the European one) and then analyse the case of the educational bond in Lombardy. The starting point of the Italian subsidiarity depth must be seen in the framework of the discussions held at the Bicameral Commission for Institutional Reforms created by the Italian Parliament (1997–98), which was committed to make proposals on the constitutional reform of the constitutional status of Italian regions. Several hundred thousand signatures were collected all around the country with the purpose that the constitutional text would include the principle of subsidiarity in its full meaning in opposition to the reduction it suffered in the political area.

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