Questioning assumptions about Italy’s governmental traditions
In the current issue of Governance (23.2), Valentina Mele of Bocconi University challenges the widely held view that Italy’s legalistic administrative tradition suppresses reform. The reality, she says, is more complicated. Mele tracks a prolonged effort to promote government innovation that actually succeeded in “normalizing” novel management policies and practices. Policy entrepreneurs created space for reform by first ensuring that older traditions “were actively discredited.” Mele says the case study illustrates why there is a need for closer attention to the social mechanisms that guide change even in politically unstable contexts. Read more: Innovation Policy in Italy (1993-2002): Understanding the Invention and Persistence of a Public Management Reform.