This book provides a stimulating presentation of the Italian administrative system through an empirical and critical perspective
on the processes of administrative reform at the national level. It focuses on some of the most recent changes developed during
the years of austerity and fiscal crisis and offers an updated perspective on the attempts made by Italian governments to
modernize national public administration through the 'new public management' and 'governance' paradigms. These frameworks
have been suggested as models to enhance efficiency, transparency, accountability and public participation. The book studies
international and supranational influence, policy diffusion, domestic politics and institutional dynamics, administrative
traditions, and functional explanations-all determinants of policy outputs and outcomes, and possibly of policy learning as
well. This book is the first to set out such a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis for non-Italian readers.