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(Re-)exploring the link between decentralization and regional disparities in Italy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gianpiero Torrisi, Professor Andy Pike


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© 2015 The Author(s). Previous research has suggested that after 1996 devolution caused a reduction in regional disparities in Italy. However the analysis presented here suggests that the decline in regional disparities in Italy between 1996 and 2006 was driven by population dynamics and, to some extent, by the loss of competitiveness and consequent poor relative performance of northern regions. We conclude that links between devolution and the reduction of spatial disparities is unproven and its benefits are temporally and geographically uneven.

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Author(s): Torrisi G, Pike A, Tomaney J, Tselios V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Studies, Regional Science

Year: 2015

Volume: 2

Issue: 1

Pages: 123-140

Online publication date: 09/03/2015

Acceptance date: 09/01/2015

ISSN (electronic): 2168-1376

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2015.1007159


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