Introduction: The Puzzle of Administrative Change

  • Sabrina CavatortoEmail author
  • Antonio La Spina


This introductory chapter develops the theoretical framework of the book, placing the country case study of Italy on main trajectories of administrative change in Europe. The variety of administrative traditions and models of innovation are at the core of our reflection about possible new policy trends: in the way reform options have been incrementally shaped, we examine how New Public Management (NPM)-oriented approaches have been taken into consideration, together with the development of post-NPM narratives. The peculiarity of an empirical science of public administration is put forward.


Policy change New Public Management Neo-Weberian state Public governance Implementation Italy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Luiss Guido CarliFree International University of Social StudiesRomeItaly

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