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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 September 2018

Fabrizio Di Mascio
Affiliation:
Associate Professor of Political Science, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, University of Turin, Torino, Italy
Alessandro Natalini
Affiliation:
Associate Professor of Political Science, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Parthenope University, Napoli, Italy
Federica Cacciatore*
Affiliation:
Adjunct Professor of Policies of Administrative Simplification, DISTU – Dipartimento di studi linguistico-letterari, storico-filosofici e giuridici, Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy
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*Corresponding author. Email: f.cacciatore@unitus.it
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Abstract

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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Copyright © Società Italiana di Scienza Politica 2018 

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