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.
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Francesco Merloni, Introduction Part I: Rolando Tarchi, Neuroeconomy or The crisis and political decision-making processes: the impact on European constitutional systems Andrea Pierini, Mauro Volpi, Technical governments and technical experts in the Governments Benedetto Ponti, Impact of the crisis on public sector employment: a change of perspective Luciano Vandelli, Transformations and Innovations of Territorial Autonomies in the Aftermath of the Economic Crisis Part II: Antonio Brancasi, Carlo Marzuoli, The function of redistribution between crisis and inclusion Stefano Civitarese Matteucci, Simon Halliday, Constitutional Law and Social Welfare after the Economic Crisis Salvatore Bonfiglio, Gabriele Maestri, Rights in times of crisis: considerations on security, migrations and inclusive citizenship Silvio Gambino, Danilo Pappano, Giovanni M. Caruso, Walter Nocito, Giampaolo Gerbasi, Donatella Loprieno, Daniele D'Alessandro, Social rights and the economic and financial crisis. Problems and perspectives Edoardo Chiti, Giulio Vesperini, The Administrative Architecture of Financial Integration Part III: Aldo Travi, Davide Occhetti, Nicola Gambino, Administrative simplification as an instrument for coping with the economic crisis Roberto Cavallo Perin, Gabriella M. Racca, Administrative Cooperation in the Public Contracts and Services Sectors for the Progress of European Integration Marco Bombardelli, Taking care of commons to tackle the financial crisis. .
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