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Indicators and Targets in a Multilevel Government Setting with Increasing Budget Responsibilities. Lessons from Targeting Essential Services in the South of Italy


  • Paola Casavola

    () (Independent Expert)

  • Aline Pennisi

    () (Ministry of Economy and Finance, Rome)

  • Francesca Utili

    () (Ministry of Economy and Finance, Rome)


The debate on progress in Italy is affected by the backwardness of the Mezzogiorno. The recent fiscal federalism reform hence raises new questions on how to attain more comparable living conditions for residents in regions that currently differ in levels of development and access to basic services. The on-going experience of a performance-based mechanism directed to the eight regions of the Mezzogiorno suggests interesting routes for setting services standards, supporting the achievement of objectives and enhancing accountability. Far from being the outcome of merely technical activities, the chosen options might greatly impact the overall progress of the country and its internal inequalities.

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  • Paola Casavola & Aline Pennisi & Francesca Utili, 2008. "Indicators and Targets in a Multilevel Government Setting with Increasing Budget Responsibilities. Lessons from Targeting Essential Services in the South of Italy," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 98(5), pages 359-412, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:98:y:2008:i:5:p:359-412

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    1. Maria Alessandra Antonelli & Veronica Grembi, 2014. "Central Targets and local Agendas: Missing Lisbon 2010," Public Finance Research Papers 6, Istituto di Economia e Finanza, DIGEF, Sapienza University of Rome.

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    federalism; indicators and targets;

    JEL classification:

    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement


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