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European Democratic Institutions and Administrations

Cohesion and Innovation in Times of Economic Crisis

  • Francesco Merloni
  • Alessandra Pioggia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Francesco Merloni, Alessandra Pioggia
    Pages 1-22
  3. Economic Crisis and Institutions

  4. Economic Crisis and Social Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Antonio Brancasi, Carlo Marzuoli
      Pages 123-148
    3. Stefano Civitarese Matteucci, Simon Halliday
      Pages 149-168
    4. Silvio Gambino, Danilo Pappano, Giovanni M. Caruso, Walter Nocito, Giampaolo Gerbasi, Donatella Loprieno et al.
      Pages 195-226
    5. Edoardo Chiti, Giulio Vesperini
      Pages 227-238
  5. Economic Crisis and Tools of Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Aldo Travi, Davide Occhetti, Nicola Gambino
      Pages 241-263

About this book


This book presents the results of extensive international comparative research into the effects of the economic and financial crisis on democratic institutions and social cohesion policies. The collected studies describe and analyse the measures (often referred to as  "reforms") adopted to counter the crisis and the effects of these measures.
It investigates three areas: the impact on the functioning of institutions, with respect to the relationship between representative institutions and governments, and the organisational structure of administrations at national and local levels; the impact that the austerity policies on public spending have on social rights; and the impact on traditional instruments of public action (administrative simplification, public services delivering, the use of common assets).
The general findings highlight the effect of reducing the administrative and government capacity of the democratic institutions: the public sector, rather than being innovative and made more effective, declines, offering increasingly poor public services and making bad decisions, fuelling substantive or formal privatisation solutions, which in turn cause further weakening.


Financial crisis Public debt Euro zone Austerity policies Public services Public administrations European law Comparative administrative law Comparative constitutional law

Editors and affiliations

  • Francesco Merloni
    • 1
  • Alessandra Pioggia
    • 2
  1. 1.ANAC-Autorità Nazionale AnticorruzioneRomaItaly
  2. 2.University of PerugiaPerugiaItaly

About the editors

Francesco Merloni, University of Perugia
Alessandra Pioggia, University of Perugia

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