IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/taf/regstd/v41y2007i4p429-442.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Can Administrative Capacity Explain Differences in Regional Performances? Evidence from Structural Funds Implementation in Southern Italy

Author

Listed:
  • Simona Milio

Abstract

Milio S. (2007) Can administrative capacity explain differences in regional performances? Evidence from Structural Funds implementation in Southern Italy, Regional Studies 41, 429-442. Why do some regions after 15 years of receiving Structural Funds still have difficulties in spending their allocated resources? Empirical evidence shows that Funds implementation rates have been very poor in Italy. However, by investigating individual Italian Objective 1 regions, it appears that not all follow this general trend. The paper identifies the administrative capacity of regional governments as an independent variable accounting for Structural Funds implementation variation. It introduces a novel definition of administrative capacity and by using two regions as case studies, it measures the degree of the existing capacity. The investigation provides evidence to suggest that administrative capacity is positively correlated to implementation. Furthermore, the factors that might account for the different degree of capacity between these regions are indicated. Milio S. (2007) La capacite administrative, peut-elle expliquer la variation de la performance regionale? Des preuves provenant de l'execution des fonds structurels en Italie du Sud, Regional Studies 41, 429-442. Ayant recu des fonds structurels depuis 15 ans, pourquoi certaines regions ont-elles des difficultes a depenser les ressources qui leur sont affectees? Des preuves empiriques demontrent que le taux d'execution des fonds n'est pas honorable en Italie. Cependant, en examinant des regions italiennes qui remplissent les conditions selon l'Objectif 1, il semble que cette tendance ne se generalise pas. On identifie la capacite administrative regionale comme variable independante susceptible d'expliquer la variation de l'execution des fonds structurels. On introduit une definition nouvelle de la capacite administrative et, employant deux regions comme etude de cas, on mesure l'importance de la capacite existante. L'etude fournit des preuves qui laissent supposer que la capacite administrative est en correlation etroite avec l'execution. En outre, on indique les facteurs qui pourraient expliquer la variation de la capacite entre les regions en question. Fonds structurels Capacite administrative Politique regionale Politique de cohesion Regions selon l'Objectif 1 Italie Milio S. (2007) Lassen sich Unterschiede in der regionalen Leistung durch die Verwaltungskapazitat erklaren? Belege im Zusammenhang mit der Implementierung von Strukturfonds in Suditalien, Regional Studies 41, 429-442. Warum haben einige Regionen, die schon seit 15 Jahren Strukturfonds erhalten, noch immer Schwierigkeiten, die zugewiesenen Ressourcen auszugeben? Aus empirischen Belegen geht hervor, dass die Fonds in Italien ausserst mangelhaft implementiert wurden. Allerdings zeigt sich bei einer Untersuchung der einzelnen italienischen Ziel-1-Regionen, dass offenbar nicht alle diesem generellen Trend folgen. Wir identifizieren die Verwaltungskapazitat der Regionalregierungen als unabhangige Variable, die zu Unterschieden bei der Implementierung der Strukturfonds fuhrt. Wir fuhren eine neue Definition der Verwaltungskapazitat ein und verwenden zwei Regionen als Fallstudien, um das Ausmass der vorhandenen Kapazitat zu messen. Die Untersuchung lasst darauf schliessen, dass zwischen der Verwaltungskapazitat und der Implementierung ein positiver Zusammenhang besteht. Daruber hinaus zeigen wir auf, welche Faktoren fur die unterschiedliche Kapazitat in diesen Regionen verantwortlich sein konnten. Strukturfonds Verwaltungskapazitat Regionalpolitik Kohasionspolitik Ziel-1-Regionen Italien Milio S. (2007) ¿Se pueden explicar las diferencias en el desempeno regional mediante la capacidad administrativa? El ejemplo de aplicar los Fondos Estructurales en el sur de Italia, Regional Studies 41, 429-442. ¿Por que algunas regiones aun tienen dificultades en gastar sus recursos asignados despues de recibir Fondos Estructurales durante 15 anos? Las pruebas empiricas demuestran que las tasas de aplicacion de los Fondos han sido muy escasas en Italia. Sin embargo, si investigamos las regiones individuales del Objetivo 1 en Italia, observamos que no todas siguen esta tendencia general. Aqui identificamos la capacidad administrativa de los gobiernos regionales como una variable independiente responsable de la variacion en la aplicacion de los Fondos Estructurales. Introducimos una nueva definicion de la capacidad administrativa y, con ayuda de dos casos practicos de regiones, medimos el grado de la capacidad existente. Con esta investigacion demostramos que existe una relacion positiva entre la capacidad administrativa y la aplicacion. Asimismo indicamos los factores que podrian explicar las diferencias entre estas regiones en cuanto a su capacidad. Fondos estructurales Capacidad administrativa Politica regional Politica de cohesion Regiones del Objetivo 1 Italia

Suggested Citation

  • Simona Milio, 2007. "Can Administrative Capacity Explain Differences in Regional Performances? Evidence from Structural Funds Implementation in Southern Italy," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(4), pages 429-442.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:41:y:2007:i:4:p:429-442
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400601120213
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00343400601120213
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. repec:bla:jcmkts:v:55:y:2017:i:2:p:275-293 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Blanka Bartók & Tamás Bartha, 2012. "Napenergia-hasznosítás szerepe a Hargita megye szétszórt településeinek villamos energia ellátásában," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 92-99.
    3. Shankar, Raja & Shah, Anwar, 2009. "Lessons from European Union policies for regional development," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4977, The World Bank.
    4. Anna Nagy, 2012. "Regionális fejlesztéspolitika Romániában, a 2007-2013-as programozási időszak tükrében," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 66-74.
    5. Katalin Nagy, 2012. "Kulturális útvonalak Svájcban-egy rendszer, ami működik," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 111-119.
    6. Aiello, Francesco & Pupo, Valeria, 2012. "Structural funds and the economic divide in Italy," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 403-418.
    7. Tobias Hagen & Philipp Mohl, 2011. "Econometric Evaluation of EU Cohesion Policy: A Survey," Chapters,in: International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume III, chapter 16 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    8. Lujza Tünde Cozma, 2012. "Északnyugat-Erdély helye és szerepe Románia turizmusában," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 53-65.
    9. Julia Bachtrögler, 2016. "On the effectiveness of EU structural funds during the Great Recession: Estimates from a heterogeneous local average treatment effects framework," Department of Economics Working Papers wuwp230, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.
    10. repec:bla:jcmkts:v:55:y:2017:i:3:p:569-592 is not listed on IDEAS
    11. Zoltán Nagy & Dóra Szendi, 2012. "Adalékok Miskolc és a Miskolci kistérség demográfiai változásainak vizsgálataihoz a rendszerváltástól napjainkig," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 100-106.
    12. Asteris Huliaras & Sotiris Petropoulos, 2016. "European Money in Greece: In Search of the Real Impact of EU Structural Funds," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(6), pages 1332-1349, November.
    13. Mazzeo Rinaldi, Francesco, 2016. "From local development policies to strategic planning—Assessing continuity in institutional coalitions," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 76-87.
    14. Riemer P. Faber & Pierre Koning, 2017. "Why not fully spend a conditional block grant?," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 24(1), pages 60-95, February.
    15. repec:gam:jsusta:v:9:y:2017:i:8:p:1432-:d:108228 is not listed on IDEAS
    16. Bachtrögler, Julia, 2016. "On the effectiveness of EU structural funds during the Great Recession: Estimates from a heterogeneous local average treatment effects framework," Department of Economics Working Paper Series 5157, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
    17. Nóra Csilla Vicsai, 2012. "Kolozsvár metropolisz térség idegenforgalma," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 35-52.
    18. Marius Cristea & Stefana A. D. Varvari & József Benedek, 2012. "Pros and cons of foreign direct investments on local economy," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 20-34.
    19. Alberto Botta, 2014. "Structural asymmetries at the roots of the eurozone crisis: what's new for industrial policy in the EU?," PSL Quarterly Review, Economia civile, vol. 67(269), pages 169-216.
    20. Torrisi, Gianpiero & Pike, Andy & Tomaney, John & Tselios, Vassilis, 2011. "(Re-)exploring the link between devolution and regional disparities in Italy," MPRA Paper 32212, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    21. Oana Stănculescu & Stefana A. D. Varvari & Marius Cristea, 2012. "The competitiveness of companies in northern Transylvania-case study using the global utility theory," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 5-19.
    22. Hunor Bajtalan & Gabriella Blénessy & Attila Deák & Szabó Tamás, 2012. "A fenntartható Gyergyóért : a Gyergyói Kistérség fejlesztési alternatívái," Eszak-magyarorszagi Strategiai Fuzetek, Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 9(2), pages 75-91.
    23. Davide Luca, 2016. "Do bureaucracies enhance or constrain policy effectiveness? Evidence from Turkey’s central management of public investment," LEQS – LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series 109, European Institute, LSE.
    24. Jale Tosun, 2014. "Absorption of Regional Funds: A Comparative Analysis," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(2), pages 371-387, March.

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:41:y:2007:i:4:p:429-442. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Longhurst). General contact details of provider: http://www.tandfonline.com/CRES20 .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.