THE GHOST OF CRISES PAST: ANALYZING REFORM SEQUENCES TO UNDERSTAND ITALY'S RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL CRISIS
Article first published online: 31 OCT 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Special Issue: Symposium
Volume 91, Issue 1, pages 17–31, March 2013
How to Cite
DI MASCIO, F., NATALINI, A. and STOLFI, F. (2013), THE GHOST OF CRISES PAST: ANALYZING REFORM SEQUENCES TO UNDERSTAND ITALY'S RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL CRISIS. Public Administration, 91: 17–31. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01970.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 31 OCT 2011
- Date received 30 January 2011. Date accepted 27 June 2011.
Using a process sequencing approach, this article shows how Italy's response to an earlier fiscal crisis has shaped the response to the current one in two public sector areas that are especially susceptible to fiscal constraints: the budget process and personnel policies. Substantively, it shows the extent to which Italian policymakers have used the repertoire of solutions of the past and the pressures of the current crisis to freeze the expenditure of the public sector. Previous New Public Management-inspired reforms have been sidelined but not completely extinguished.