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The decentralization of agricultural advisory services: the Italian case


  • Caggiano, Monica
  • Labarthe, Pierre


The organization on a regional basis of the public Italian Agricultural Advisory Services (AAS) responds both to historical reasons and to the extreme differentiation of the local farming systems, institutional arrangements, and many other contextual factors. In Italy, each Region has its own law and its own policy on AAS, developing 21different systems with a poor coordination and great regional variety. The main aim of this paper is to explore the dimension of transparency and accountability of decentralization, considering the ASS governance and the coordination structures. The analysis integrates a literature review with empirical researches conducted through in-depth interviews.

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  • Caggiano, Monica & Labarthe, Pierre, 2014. "The decentralization of agricultural advisory services: the Italian case," 2014 International Congress, August 26-29, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia 182819, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae14:182819
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.182819

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