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.


Alberto Brugnoli and Alessandro Colombo

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


This book is one of many dealing with the institutional changes and welfare reforms brought about by transformations in society. Unlike many others, though, it uses a distinctive and original principle – ‘subsidiarity’ – as a lens through which to examine and assess governance regimes, their philosophies and their organizational choices. The UK and Italy Britain’s institutional and organizational reforms in health and social services undertaken since the 1990s were primarily designed with reference to the theory of quasi-markets, and aimed to challenge the traditional polarities of ‘market and state’, ‘private and public’, ‘supply and demand side’, upon which the modern welfare state had been built. Over the same period, Italy’s region of Lombardy undertook significant reforms explicitly and directly inspired by the principle of subsidiarity, also challenging those traditional, and increasingly obsolete, dichotomies of government.

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