Public Administration Reforms in Europe
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Public Administration Reforms in Europe

The View from the Top

Edited by Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van de Walle, Rhys Andrews and Philippe Bezes

Based on a survey of more than 6700 top civil servants in 17 European countries, this book explores the impacts of New Public Management (NPM)-style reforms in Europe from a uniquely comparative perspective. It examines and analyses empirical findings regarding the dynamics, major trends and tools of administrative reforms, with special focus on the diversity of top executives’ perceptions about the effects of those reforms.
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Chapter 17: Italy: set along a Neo-Weberian trajectory of administrative reform?

Edoardo Ongaro, Francesca Ferré, Davide Galli and Francesco Longo


This chapter discusses the ‘effects’ of recent public sector managerial reforms in Italy. It arises that the country has adopted managerial tools to a significant extent, yet not up to the point to have changed in any fundamental way the overall administrative system. The portrait of the Italian public sector that emerges is one in which the layering of managerial tools and logics combine with persistent, underlying Weberian elements: this frame can be interpreted along the lines of the Neo-Weberian model as outlined by Pollitt and Bouckaert (2011). This research adds confidence to the interpretation that the Neo-Weberian model may be an apt interpretation of trajectories of administrative reform also in Southern European countries.

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