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The political origins of transparency reform: insights from the Italian case

  • Fabrizio Di Mascio (a1), Alessandro Natalini (a2) and Federica Cacciatore (a3)


This research contributes to the expanding literature on the determinants of government transparency. It uncovers the dynamics of transparency in the Italian case, which shows an interesting reform trajectory: until the late 1980s no transparency provisions existed; since then, provisions have dramatically increased under the impulse of changing patterns of political competition. The analysis of the Italian case highlights that electoral uncertainty for incumbents is a double-edged sword for institutional reform: on the one hand, it incentivizes the adoption of ever-growing transparency provisions; on the other, it jeopardizes the implementation capacity of public agencies by leading to severe administrative burdens.


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The political origins of transparency reform: insights from the Italian case

  • Fabrizio Di Mascio (a1), Alessandro Natalini (a2) and Federica Cacciatore (a3)


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