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European Union evaluation between myth and reality: Reflections on the Italian experience


  • Fabrizio Barca


Barca F. (2006) European Union evaluation between myth and reality: reflections on the Italian experience, Regional Studies 40, 273-276. The paper examines the role of European Union Cohesion policy evaluation in a new strategic approach to the design and implementation of the Structural Funds in Italy, launched in 1998. Models were used to establish benchmarks for policy, evaluation guidelines were produced, and investment in evaluation capacity was undertaken at national and regional levels. These initiatives have improved the knowledge base for decision-making and contributed to a more rigorous and open debate on policy choices in both the current Structural Funds period and for the National Strategic Reference Framework for 2007-13. Strategic approach Evaluation guidelines Benchmarks Italy Barca F. (2006) L'evaluation dans l'UE - entre le mythe et la realite: des reflexions sur l'experience italienne, Regional Studies 40, 273-276. Cet article cherche a examiner le role de la politique de cohesion de l'UE dans une nouvelle approche strategique d'aborder la conception et la mise en oeuvre des Fonds structurels en Italie, lancee en 1998. Des modeles ont ete employes afin de construire des 'benchmarks' pour la politique, des lignes directices d'evaluation ont ete produites, et l'investissement dans la capacite d'evaluation a ete entrepris aux niveaux national et regional. Ces intiatives ont fini par ameliorer la base de connaissance quant a la prise de decision et ont contribue a un debat plus rigoureux et plus ouvert a propos du choix de politique pour la periode actuelle des Fonds structurels et pour le cadre de reference strategique national 2007-13. Approche strategique Lignes directices d'evaluation Benchmarks Italie Barca F. (2006) EU-Evaluierung zwischen Mythos und Wirklichkeit: Beobachtungen uber Italiens Erfahrungen, Regional Studies 40, 273-276. Dieser Aufsatz untersucht die Rolle der Evaluierung der europaischen Kohasionspolitik in einem neuen strategischen Ansatz zu Entwurf und Implementierung der Strukturfonds in Italien, der 1998 eingefuhrt wurde. Es wurden Policy-Benchmarking-Modelle benutzt, es wurden Evaluierungsrichtlinien erstellt, und man hat in Evaluierungskapazitat auf uberregionaler und regionaler Ebene investiert. Diese Initiativen haben die Wissensgrundlage fur Beschlussfassungen verbessert, und zu einer grundlicheren und aufgeschlosseneren Debatte der zu beschreitenden politischen Wege der laufenden Strukturfondsperiode wie auch des Einzelstaatlichen Strategischen Rahmenplans fur den Zeitraum 2007-2013 gefuhrt. strategischer Ansatz Evaluierungsrichtlinien Benchmarks Italien Barca F. (2006) La evaluacion de la UE, ¿mito o realidad? Observaciones sobre el caso italiano, Regional Studies 40, 273-276. En este articulo se analiza que papel tiene la evaluacion de la politica de cohesion de la UE en el nuevo planteamiento estrategico, introducido en 1998, para crear y poner en marcha los Fondos Estructurales de Italia. Se utilizaron modelos para determinar analisis comparativos para la politica, se crearon pautas de evaluacion y se llevo a cabo una inversion en la capacidad de evaluacion a nivel nacional y regional. Estas iniciativas han mejorado la base de conocimiento a la hora de tomar decisiones y han contribuido a un debate mas riguroso y abierto sobre las opciones a elegir en la politica tanto para el periodo actual de los Fondos Estructurales como para El Marco Estrategico de Referencia Nacional para 2007-13. Planteamiento estrategico Pautas de evaluacion Analisis comparativos Italia

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  • Fabrizio Barca, 2006. "European Union evaluation between myth and reality: Reflections on the Italian experience," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(2), pages 273-276.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:40:y:2006:i:2:p:273-276
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400600600710

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    2. Giannola, Adriano & Petraglia, Carmelo & Scalera, Domenico, 2016. "Net fiscal flows and interregional redistribution in Italy: A long-run perspective (1951–2010)," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 1-16.

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