Setting the Scene: The Direction and Pattern of Decentralization in Italy

  • Linda Basile
Part of the Comparative Territorial Politics book series (COMPTPOL)


This chapter illustrates the evolution of the territorial structure of Italy from 1948 to 2017. This narrative is based on a theoretically grounded explanation of the definitions, key features, and underlying causes of the various forms of territorial organization.

The second part of this chapter discusses two arguments on which the analysis carried out in Chaps. 3, 4, and 5 is based. First, the author argues that the Italian path to decentralization has been the result of tension between a centralist tradition and federalist ambitions and still lacks a definitive and clear direction. The second argument is that the evolution of the decentralizing process in Italy has been fitful, featuring peaks of change alternated by phases of stalemate.


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  • Linda Basile
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  1. 1.University of SienaSienaItaly

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